A two-car accident this morning turned out to be a not so heavenly experience when the cars struck a church, injuring a 43-year-old Lawrence woman and sending a Lawrence police car to the junkyard.
About 8:53 a.m. today, police said, Lawrence police officer Scott Connell was driving a police car west on 10th to an emergency call when the car collided with a car driven by Neva Stowe, 19 W. 14th, who was southbound in the Vermont intersection.
Lawrence police Sgt. Mark Warren said the impact of the crash sent both cars into the Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt., at the southwest corner of the intersection.
Stowe was treated at the hospital and later released.
Connell escaped the accident with a few cuts and abrasions, Warren said. Warren said Connell saw a private physician after the accident, then was released from his duties for the day.
The police car, a 1991 Caprice Classic, is believed to be destroyed, Warren said.
Connell had been at the police station, 11th and Massachusetts, when he was called to a medical emergency in the 400 block of Illinois. He was on his way to the emergency when the accident occurred.
Although Connell had gone through a stop sign on 10th, both his emergency lights and siren were running, which is a signal for all other traffic to yield, Warren said.
No citations were issued this morning, Warren said. Neither Connell nor Stowe were transporting any passengers.
No information was available about damage to the church.
Lawrence firefighters were called to the scene to clean up gasoline that had spilled from the vehicles during the accident.
The last time a police car was involved in an accident was May 4.
About 10:30 a.m. that day, a police 1991 Caprice Classic was stopped behind a stalled vehicle in the westbound lane on East 23rd, near Haskell Avenue. The driver of a car traveling west on East 23rd did not see the police car and struck it, causing an estimated $6,453 damage. The driver, Michael K. Murphy, 37, 1140 Pa., was cited for inattentive driving.