HUDSON, Wisconsin - A Hudson police officer was helping a driver change a flat tire when she looked up and saw a vehicle coming straight for her squad car.
Officer Hilary Lundberg jumped back a few feet when the pickup plowed into her cruiser with such force, it sent her squad car across four lanes of traffic and into a concrete barrier.
The Hudson Police Department posted a picture of the crumpled heap of metal, which was once a Ford Taurus, on its Facebook page.
Officer Lundberg's vehicle was parked in the far left lane with its emergency lights flashing.
Before the impact, the officer was basically trapped - she couldn't hop over the wall where she was standing because she would've fallen into the river below.
"I am amazed that she did not get hit," Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen told KARE News. "I was just thankful my officer is alive and not injured," Jensen said.
The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the crash.
The 31-year-old driver who hit the cruiser suffered minor injuries.
Officers hope the accident serves as a warning to drivers to move over when they see flashing lights, as well as to not stop in a busy area to change a flat tire.