Officials say a Berrien County deputy sergeant was escorting a tractor-trailer off Interstate 94 near M-140, traveling behind it in a marked patrol vehicle with emergency lights on. A pickup truck driver approached the police cruiser at a high speed and failed to slow, crashing into the police officer at around 3:10 p.m. local time.
The officer’s vehicle struck the slow moving semi-truck and veered to hit another tractor-trailer traveling in the other lane, reports the Holland Sentinel. Officials say the officer sustained injuries and was taken to Lakeland Hospital for treatment in stable condition.
The pickup driver required extrication from his vehicle, reports the Holland Sentinel. After being removed, he was transported to a hospital in Kalamazoo also in stable condition. Officials say narcotics were likely a factor in the multiple-vehicle crash.
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).