UPDATE WITH NAMES: Waterloo squad car in morning collision

2012-03-26T11:30:00Z 2012-12-03T15:18:30Z UPDATE WITH NAMES: Waterloo squad car in morning collisionBy JEFF REINITZ, jeff.reinitz@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO, Iowa --- A Waterloo woman was taken to the hospital following a collision involving a Waterloo police squad car this morning.

The police officer was also injured.

The accident happened at about 8:35 a.m. at the intersection of Commercial and West 18th streets, and the impact sent the woman’s Toyota passenger car into the parking lot of Smokers Choice.

“I heard a squeal and a crash, boom, boom,” said Terry Hanson of Smokers Choice.

She went outside and attended to the driver until paramedics arrived. Hanson said the woman was alert and talking.

Police identified the woman as 64-year-old Bonnie Back, and the police officer as Kevin Boyland, 48, of Waterloo.

Paramedics with Waterloo Fire Rescue took Back to a local hospital.

Boyland, who was driving a marked Crown Victoria squad car, was taken to Allen Hospital by police car, authorities said.

Both suffered minor injuries police said.

Back was issued a traffic citation for a “red light” violation.

According to witnesses, the police car was westbound on Commercial at West 18th Street when it was hit by Back’s car traveling south on West 18th. Witnesses stated the police car had the green light.

EARLIER STORY

WATERLOO, Iowa --- A woman was taken to the hospital following a collision involving a Waterloo police squad car this morning.

The police officer was also injured.

The accident happened at about 8:40 a.m. at the intersection of Commercial and West 18th streets, and the impact sent the woman’s Toyota passenger car into the parking lot of Smokers Choice.

“I heard a squeal and a crash, boom, boom,” said Terry Hanson of Smokers Choice.

She went outside and attended to the driver until paramedics arrived. Hanson said the woman was alert and talking.

Paramedics with Waterloo Fire Rescue took her to a local hospital.

The officer, who was driving a marked Crown Victoria squad car, was taken to Allen Hospital by police car, authorities said.

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(12) Comments

  1. tangledweb
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    tangledweb - March 31, 2012 1:18 pm
    I stand corrected. I never would of guessed that our little slice of heaven was in need of a traffic control center. I would like to retract my last statement and apologize for spouting off misinformed. As a professional tourist that travels most of these continental United States, except the northeast exactly because of their traffic problems, I find Waterloo's traffic rather easy going with the exception a few intersections, Ridgeway and Hammond coming into my mind right away. Which is why, except a tree lined lake in the Ozarks, I wouldn't live anywhere else.
  2. Out-of-towner
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    Out-of-towner - March 31, 2012 8:16 am
    Tangledweb: If you are still in disbelief concerning traffic cameras, call Sandie Greco, Superintendent of Traffic Operations for an appointment. 291-4440. I'm sure she would be glad to give you a "tour" and answer any questions. I've been there some years back and they have a modern system and fine staff as per the February article that Iknowbest quoted.
    Not sure where you got your information but in the future, you need to go to the source.
  3. Iknowbest
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    Iknowbest - March 30, 2012 11:52 pm
    Tangledweb, the city of Waterloo does in fact have both systems. I would refer you to a Waterloo Courier article from February. The cameras have been in use since 2003!

    "The video cameras at the 17 intersections beam back images to a computer in the Traffic Operations department, where technician Matt Vlasak is stationed. He told the Waterloo Courier that he has more flexibility in making a positive difference in traffic by remotely changing the signal instead of driving out to a location."
  4. tangledweb
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    tangledweb - March 29, 2012 11:51 am
    Those "cameras" you folks are commenting about are actually sensors for use by the fire department. Fire trucks and ambulances have the ability to control certain traffic lights from inside their vehicles so they may safely travel thru major intersections, they are not cameras, Waterloo/Cedar Falls is not large enough for a traffic control center.
  5. chatty1
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    chatty1 - March 26, 2012 6:07 pm
    pantherfan1, those cameras see how many cars are stacked in the lanes and control the signals. I heard that they have been helpful when WPD had to reconstruct an accident scene also. But they're not those idiotic red light cameras that issue a ticket to the car owner no matter who's driving the car.
  6. pantherfan1
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    pantherfan1 - March 26, 2012 4:59 pm
    They do have them at several major intersections, just look for them next time stopped. I think they was an article about those not that long ago. They are mainly used to moniter traffic and I think how the lights change or something like that, but they have been used to check out accidents too.
  7. miked
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    miked - March 26, 2012 3:15 pm
    Let's get some traffic cameras in Waterloo. Over the past few years, traffic signal observance has become optional. Getting T-boned can spoil your whole day.
  8. Missyb
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    Missyb - March 26, 2012 2:11 pm
    Once again someone in a hurry to beat the red light and flew through on the last of the yellow. PEOPLE - yellow means you need to prepare to STOP - not step on the gas to beat the red. These drivers are killing people! How many of you are guilty of this?
  9. Brian B
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    Brian B - March 26, 2012 10:56 am
    I'm so glad nobody was seriously injured. That's what is important.
  10. strategery
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    strategery - March 26, 2012 10:18 am
    When did nissan start putting toyota emblems on their grilles?
  11. 4bikers
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    4bikers - March 26, 2012 9:57 am
    Nissan passenger car? Oh, the legendary Nissan Camry. Who was at fault, the driver of the Saturn Crown Victoria?
  12. Burt
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    Burt - March 26, 2012 9:53 am
    Looks like a big Toyota logo, not Nissan on the hood to me.
    Lotta senseless accidents in the last couple of days.
    People need to remember life is short and can end at any time. Take care.
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