Crash on Interstate 95 Injures Florida Highway Patrol Trooper and Another Driver
JACKSONVILLE, FL- News4jax.com writes that a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper and another motorist suffered severe injuries in the wreck that took place on Interstate 95. The officer was inside his patrol vehicle assisting with a lane closure when a Chevrolet Silverado crashed into him.*
The 31-year-old driver who was in the pickup truck stated that he failed to see the stopped police car. Reports indicate that charges are pending.
The crash led to police shutting down all northbound lanes. A reporter who had previously participated in a ride-along with the injured police officer stated that the victim had told him at that time that about 80 percent of wrecks he had seen in his career were caused by careless drivers. The officer was targeting and citing motorists for aggressive driving.
The images of the mangled patrol car are disturbing. Responders are warning that drivers must use caution when approaching police vehicles and emergency personnel who are on the highway. The law states that drivers must move over a lane if possible, and if doing so is not possible, then they must slow down to twenty miles per hour below the speed limit.
Officers say that their job is made more dangerous by texting and distracted drivers. About 39 percent of police officers who died on the job over the last ten years were killed in traffic accidents. Police officers and other emergency personnel are required to put their lives at risk every time they respond to the scene of a crash or highway emergency.
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