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Semi-Trailer Hits and Kills Colorado State Highway Patrol Trooper

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According to The Denver Post, a Colorado State Highway Patrol trooper sustains fatal injuries after a semi-truck crashes into him while he investigated another crash on Friday afternoon in Castle Rock.

Details of Fatal Semi Crash

The trooper, Cody Donahue, responded to a crash on Interstate 25 near Tomah Road when the fatal wreck occurred. The tractor-trailer struck the 11-year Colorado State Patrol veteran while he was outside his vehicle investigating the earlier crash scene.

Donahue died at the scene, marking the third Colorado State Trooper to die in the line of duty since May 2015, reports The Denver Post. Police detained the truck driver and will likely arrest and charge him pending the investigation.

According to The Denver Post, investigators are viewing footage from cameras on Donahue’s vehicle and the semi-truck.

Motorists are urged to move over when they spot emergency vehicles in the shoulder, reports The Denver Post. A spokesman for the State Highway Patrol says crashes like this one can absolutely be avoided.

Trucking Accident Statistics

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

  • In 2014, 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks.
    • 10 percent of these fatalities were nonoccupants, such as pedestrians or bicyclists.
  • An estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for eight percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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