CALUMET CITY | An 81-year-old driver died Thursday after a collision with a Calumet City police car at Burnham Avenue and Calumet Way, officials said.
The crash about 12:50 p.m. near 911 Burnham Ave. landed the squad car next to Tom's Restaurant, 894 Burnham Ave., police said.
The officer and the elderly driver were alone in their vehicles and were taken to Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond for treatment of their injuries, Calumet City Assistant Chief Tom DiFiori said.
The 81-year-old, of Calumet City, was pronounced dead at the hospital due to unknown injuries or cause, police said.
The officer was later released from the hospital with injuries.
DiFiori said there was no structural damage to the restaurant.
The police squad, a Crown Victoria, was responding to a fire call heading north on Burnham Avenue, DiFiori said.
The police car had its lights flashing and sirens blaring, police said. A preliminary investigation showed the other driver, who was in a Kia, failed to yield the right of way, police said.
Officers with the South Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team investigated the crash. Police closed Burnham Avenue between Warren Street and Michigan City Road, DiFiori said.