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Police Officer Injured in Crash with Drunk Semi-Truck Driver

tractor-trailer driving on highway

According to The Dallas Morning News, a police officer sustained injuries after being hit by a tractor-trailer driven by a suspected impaired driver in Decatur, Texas, on Thursday night.

About the 18-wheeler Crash

Decatur Police Officer Matthew Robert, 35, was parked on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 287 near FM 51 when the injury accident occurred. At around 11:30 p.m., Officer Matthews’ patrol vehicle was struck by a semi that swerved off the road.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the patrol vehicle was tossed off the road, landing upside-down against a pole. The officer was injured in the crash and airlifted to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Fortunately, the injuries were minor, and the officer was released early Friday morning.

The driver of the semi-truck was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to The Dallas Morning news. Christopher Toussaint, 39, was charged with driving while under the influence.

Information on Trucking Accident Injuries

The following information regarding truck crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
  • An estimated 111,000 people suffered injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 74 percent of the people injured in these accidents were occupants of other vehicles.
  • An estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes during 2014.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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