Two Michigan Station officers were injured early today when a city snowplow passed through a red light at the intersection of Broadway and Elm Street and struck their patrol car, police said.
Officer Joseph Walters, the driver of the patrol car, and Officer John Santiago were treated in Erie County Medical Center for cuts, bumps and bruises and were released.
The driver of the Street Sanitation Department plow, Mark Harber, 36, of Keystone Street, was not injured. Lt. Thomas Masterson said police ticketed him for running a red light.
The accident occurred at the snow-slicked intersection about 2:50 a.m. when the plow slammed into the patrol car's left side as the officers were responding to a burglar alarm on Elm Street, Masterson said.
"They were going north on Elm Street and the snowplow was going east on Broadway and they collided," Masterson said.
Masterson said Harber told police he did not see the red light until it was too late to avoid a collision.
"He said he came off the Thruway, and he had a lot of ice on his windows," Masterson explained. "He was reaching out onto his windshield to scrape the ice off, and he didn't see the (red) light."
Walters suffered a cut over an eye and strained his elbow and neck, while Santiago injured a knee and had trouble walking, Masterson said.