An Idaho police officer and an unassisted motorist were lucky to be alive after a terrifying collision.
On the morning of December 1, 2021, an incident took place on Eastbound Interstate 84 near S. Ten Mile Road. This occurred in Ada County. The dashcam video from the police car shows that a trooper pulled over to assist the Toyota Camry owner with its flat tire. According to Idaho State Police Public Affairs Office the emergency lights on the car were set.
The Camry driver and officer suddenly look at each other. A split second later, a Chevrolet pickup truck appears in view on the dashcam. To avoid getting hit, the truck crashes into the Camry’s rear. Camry’s driver also has to leap back.
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A local investigation revealed that one vehicle was slowing down after passing the patrol car. This vehicle, however, was struck by another and triggered a four-car pileup. The pickups were both pushed left to hit the Toyota and patrol cars. No one sustained serious injury.
“Traffic stops are very high risk,” Idaho State Police sergeant Brandalyn Crapo said in a statement. “They’re necessary to keep people safe on the road and to help those stranded, but we need motorists’ help so we can all go home at night. Slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles and workers isn’t just a courtesy, it’s the law. Drivers need to be alert to emergency lights and vehicles and always alert to what’s happening around them. That keeps all of us safe.”
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