ST. ANN, Mo. ( – A St. Ann officer was injured during a crash while traveling to assist an officer that was thought to be in need of aid Tuesday morning.

Before 9 a.m., St. Ann police were unable to communicate with one of their officers so they thought the officer might be in need of aid. A female officer was asked to go to the area to check on the other officer.

While en route to the area, the female officer was driving a squad car that had its lights and sirens activated when it was struck in the area of Ashby and St. Charles Rock Road.

Police said the crash was caused by a distracted driver.

"It has been a common occurrence where I see those reports come across my desk and I see officers killed in the line of duty from traffic deaths - responding to scenes, responding to traffic accidents and so on or helping another injured officer," said St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez

The female officer was taken to the hospital. Authorities later said she sustained a broken wrist and injuries to her legs. 

Police say the driver will not be charged because it wasn't intentional, but say stoplight footage clearly shows the driver looking down.

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