Watch Close Call: Trooper ok after patrol car hit in chain reaction crash

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Idaho State Police

MERIDIAN, IDAHO (BRPROUD) – An Idaho State Police Trooper had a close call while helping a motorist with a flat tire.

On the morning of December 1, a trooper was called to help a stranded motorist on I-84 East.

The Idaho State Police Trooper parked in the median and made sure to put on a yellow safety vest.

Prior to the crash, “His patrol car was parked behind the stranded vehicle, a Toyota sedan, with its emergency lights activated,” according to the Idaho State Police.

Some of what unfolded next was caught on camera.

What unfolded was a chain reaction crash involving six cars.

The Idaho State Police describes how this accident took place:

The preliminary investigation indicates one vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles. Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota. The owner of the Toyota who was also standing outside his vehicle reported minor injuries but was not transported.

As you can see in the video, the trooper had to jump over the concrete barrier in order to avoid serious injury.

The Idaho State Police Trooper sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

“Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary to keep people safe on the road and to help those stranded, but we need motorists’ help so we can all go home at night,” said Idaho State Police Sgt. Brandalyn Crapo. “Slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles and workers isn’t just a courtesy, it’s the law. Drivers need to be alert to emergency lights and vehicles and always alert to what’s happening around them. That keeps all of us safe.”

It took around 90 minutes to clear the crash scene.

The investigation into the chain reaction crash remains ongoing.

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