A state trooper had a close call Friday when a semitrailer hit the side of his cruiser during a traffic stop.
Wisconsin State Trooper Jim Reese stopped a driver for speeding on Interstate 43 in Sheboygan County on Friday morning and was walking back to his cruiser after talking to the driver when a semitrailer hit the side of his car, according to a release.
The crash was recorded on the video camera in the car; the video shows the damage caused by the semitrailer.
“Trooper Reese approached the stopped vehicle on the shoulder of the interstate on the right or passenger-side,” State Patrol Capt. Nick Scorcio, commander of the Northeast Region, said in the release. “If he had been walking on the left or driver-side of the vehicle, there’s no doubt in my mind he would have been hit by the semi traveling at highway speed. The semi driver was issued citations for inattentive driving and failure to move over.”
Trooper Jim Reese said he didn’t immediately realize what happened.
“It was kind of surreal. It almost happened in slow motion,” Reese said.
Reese hopes the incident shows drivers why it’s important to slow down and move over for officers and highway maintenance crews just trying to do their jobs.
The State Patrol would also like to remind drivers to move over or slow down when encountering law enforcement and other emergency vehicles on the side of roadways.
Wisconsin’s Move Over Law requires drivers to shift lanes if possible or slow down in order to create a safety zone for a law enforcement vehicle, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of the road with its warning lights flashing, according to the release.
Officials said failure to create a safety zone by moving over or slowing down is one of the major reasons that motor vehicle crashes kill more law enforcement officers on duty than any other cause.