A Dane County sheriff's deputy narrowly escaped injury when his squad car was hit from behind while he was performing a traffic stop on the Beltline on Monday morning.
Monona police, along with sheriff's deputies, responded to the crash at approximately 11:40 a.m.
Deputy David Lambrecht, a member of the Dane County Traffic Team, had just gotten out of his vehicle, which was on the far-left shoulder of the eastbound lanes of Highway 12/18 near South Towne Drive.
Sheriff's officials said most vehicles approaching the scene were responding as they should by slowing down and moving over. But authorities said one vehicle didn't see traffic ahead of her slowing down and swerved into the far-right lane to avoid hitting vehicles in front of her. She then over-corrected and swerved onto the left side of the highway and struck the median and Lambrecht's squad car from behind, according to a Dane County Sheriff's Office news release.
As Lambrecht was approaching the driver that he had stopped, he could hear the sounds of the out-of-control vehicle coming toward him, and he quickly jumped over the median to avoid being hit.
He wasn't injured, but the at-fault driver and one of her passengers were transported by paramedics to a local hospital with minor injuries, sheriff's officials said.
The crash is being investigated by the Monona Police Department.
Sheriff's officials are reminding drivers of Wisconsin's Move Over law. Whenever drivers see an emergency vehicle, be it a police squad car, an ambulance, a tow truck or a highway maintenance vehicle pulled over with emergency lights on, they must slow down and move over at least one lane if possible to give the responder a safety zone.