State Trooper Nearly Hit by Passing Semi During Traffic Stop

State Trooper Nearly Hit by Passing Semi During Traffic Stop

October 22, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 6:08 PM EDT

A scary situation in Wisconsin involving a Wisconsin State Trooper almost being struck by a passing semi earlier this month, according to a report from Granite Broadcasting sister station Northland's NewsCenter.

Here is the report from Northland's NewsCenter:

In light of this close call, the Wisconsin State Patrol is reminding drivers to move over or slow down when approaching law enforcement, or other emergency vehicles, on the side of roadways.

Wisconsin's Move Over Law requires drivers to shift lanes 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 a road, with its warning lights flashing.

State Patrol Captain Jeffrey Frenett, commander of the Northwest Region, says the semi driver was eventually stopped and issued multiple citations. Frenette says the driver was fatigued, which was a factor in the incident.

Last year, 10 State Patrol vehicles were hit while stopped on the side of roadways. These crashes injured eight officers and caused nearly $50,000 in damages to the State Patrol vehicles.

So far in 2012, six vehicles have been hit. Fortunately, there have been no injuries this year but damages have totaled nearly $22,000. Many more officers, like Trooper Hotvedt, have experienced near misses.

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