Cop nearly hit as motorist slams into parked patrol car
A police officer assisting a motorist with a flat tyre narrowly escaped injury when another driver struck her squad car, which was stopped on a bridge over the St Croix River on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota in the US.
Officer Hilary Lundberg pinned herself along the centre concrete median to get out of the way of flying debris after a speeding pickup slammed into her patrol car that was parked just a few feet away, said Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen.
"It could not have been more than 15 feet," he said, adding that he was thankful his officer was uninjured.
Lundberg had parked her squad car in the left lane of the highway and activated her emergency lights on Tuesday (NZ time). She parked about 15 metres behind a vehicle with two occupants blocking the left lane and shoulder. As she called for a tow truck, Lundberg saw the pickup coming and braced for impact.
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Shelby Rae, 22, was headed eastbound and saw the crash, which forced Lundberg's squad across four lanes of traffic.
"The black Ford pickup did not look like it was slowing down at all," said Rae. "It hit the cop car and stuff was flying over the median. It was terrifying."
Rae said the two people in the vehicle with the flat tyre were running down the shoulder to get out of harm's way.
Neither Lundberg nor the people in the car she stopped to help were hurt. The pickup truck driver, identified as 31-year-old Derik Sands, of St Paul, sustained minor injuries, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
-Star Tribune (Minneapolis)/TNS