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Police Officer Struck on Highway by Impaired Driver


two cars involved in a wreck with severe damage

According to the Holland Sentinel, a police officer in a patrol car was rear-ended by another driver while escorting a slow moving semi off the highway in Berrien County, Michigan, on Wednesday.

Details of the Injury Accident

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.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

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

  • 35,092 people died in motor vehicle wrecks on U.S. roadways in 2015.
    • This is an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014 – the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
    • 105,000 more people sustained injuries in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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