A semi-truck struck a sheriff’s patrol car on Interstate 4 in Florida’s Polk County on Friday, March 12, by failing to move over as the deputy attempted to pull out into traffic, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said.
A Polk County deputy and an FHP trooper had pulled over to the shoulder of the highway, both with their emergency lights flashing, assisting the 17-year-old driver and passengers of a broken-down SUV, the FHP wrote in a statement provided to Storyful. As the deputy tried to leave the scene, he edged out into traffic and his vehicle was struck at high speed by the semi-truck, footage from the FHP vehicle shows.
The impact of the collision pushed the deputy’s vehicle back onto the shoulder, where crashed into the FHP vehicle, as well as the SUV driver and the trooper, local media reported.
After colliding with the deputy’s vehicle, the semi-truck was pushed left and struck another vehicle driven by a 57-year-old man from Kissimmee before coming to a rest on the median, the FHP said.
The deputy, the trooper, the 17-year-old driver, and the 57-year-old driver sustained minor injuries, according to Fox 13.
“We’re lucky that we don’t have a lot of dead folks as a result of that crash,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told WFLA."
According to local media, Sgt Steve Gaskins with the FHP said charges were pending, as the truck driver should have either moved over a lane of traffic, or slowed his speed down by 20 miles per hour. Credit: Florida Highway Patrol via Storyful