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Video: Trooper quickly swerves, avoids 'more severe crash' with semi

Nebraska State Patrol said a trooper's "defensive driving skills prevented an even more severe crash" after a semi crossed the center line on a bridge


By Jason Tidd
The Wichita Eagle

BENKELMAN, Neb. — The Nebraska state trooper was driving down Highway 34 near Benkelman when he approached a bridge.

It was on that bridge that a semi crossed the center line and crashed into the trooper’s car, dash camera video shows.

“As you can see, the trooper only has a split second to react to the semi crossing the center line,” the Nebraska State Patrol said in a Facebook post with the video “His defensive driving skills prevented an even more severe crash.”

 
Dashcam video of crash involved trooper

Dashcam video of the crash involving an NSP Trooper Monday near Benkelman on Highway 34. As you can see, the trooper only has a split second to react to the semi crossing the center line. His defensive driving skills prevented an even more severe crash. Take this as a reminder that defensive driving saves lives. You never know what can happen on the road. Give driving your full attention and drive defensively. We're happy to report the Trooper Scott is back to work already, after suffering only minor injuries, thanks to his quick actions. While the crash is being investigated by the Sheriff's Office, it has been reported that the semi driver may have suffered a medical issue. We continue to hope for his speedy recovery.

Posted by Nebraska State Patrol on Thursday, July 19, 2018

Trooper Scott, who suffered minor injuries, was back to work by Thursday after the Monday afternoon crash, the State Patrol said on social media. But the semi driver, who may have suffered a medical issue, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

Immediately after the crash, the trooper’s dash camera video shows a crack in the windshield. Photos posted by the State Patrol show the car is missing its rear driver’s side tire. The driver’s door has large dents with a cracked window.

“We want our troopers to safely make it home to their families after each shift, just like we want all drivers to be safe on the road,” said Col. John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, in a release. “Please use caution on Nebraska roads and look out for your fellow drivers.”

The Patrol said this was the third time in less than a month that a trooper’s vehicle was hit by another vehicle — not including a police pursuit where a suspect intentionally rammed a cruiser.

©2018 The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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