CUMBERLAND — An Edgewood Drive woman and a Cumberland Police officer were injured Thursday when their vehicles collided at the intersection of Seton Drive and Braddock Road as the officer was responding to an emergency call.

Margaret Conlon, 74, and Officer Mick Cannon, 53, were taken to Memorial Hospital following the 2:06 p.m. accident for treatment of apparent minor injuries. Cannon was treated and released, according to Cumberland Police Acting Chief Kevin Ogle. No information was available concerning Conlon.

The accident is being investigated by Maryland State Police to determine which party was at fault, according to Tfc. J.R. Pritts.

Ogle said Cannon had emergency lights and siren activated on his marked 2004 Ford Crown Victoria when he traveled into the intersection from the Seton Drive ramp of westbound Interstate 68 en route to an emergency call at Sacred Heart Hospital.

“We are fortunate that no one was seriously injured. Officer Cannon has been in this department for more than 27 years and has an excellent driving record.

“He was responding to an emergency call but still has responsibility to yield to traffic in the intersection. He didn’t see the other vehicle until it was too late to avoid the collision.

“We answer an average of 35,000 to 40,000 calls a year and conservatively put a half-million miles on our fleet of vehicles each year.

“It’s inevitable that accidents will happen,” said Ogle.

Jeff Alderton can be reached at jlalderton@times-news.com.

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