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