Squad car struck by vehicle while parked at accident scene on I-43
MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee County Sheriff’s squad car was struck by another vehicle while parked at the scene of a crash on northbound I-43 west of 6th Street early Friday morning, September 18th.
According to officials, around 5:16 a.m. deputies responded to the scene of a three-car crash. Upon arrival, deputies positioned their squad cars in the right distress lane with their emergency lights activated providing scene safety for the previous crash. While at the scene, one of the squads was struck by a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The deputy was outside of his squad at the time of the crash and was not injured.
The driver of the Jeep had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Milwaukee Fire Department and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Jeep was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The squad and the Jeep sustained major damage as a result of the crash.
Milwaukee Police Department officers are investigating the squad crash.
Sheriff David Clarke would like to remind motorists to adhere to the Move Over Law on the freeway system. The law requires drivers to shift lanes, or slow down if traffic prohibits moving over, to help safeguard law enforcement officers, emergency responders, and maintenance workers performing their responsibilities on the freeways.
Moving over or slowing down provides a safety zone for a squad car, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of the road with its warning lights flashing.