MUSKOGEE, Okla. – An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper is thanking his lucky stars after an accident on the highway.
According to OHP, Trooper Adam Wood parked his vehicle in the left lane of eastbound Muskogee Turnpike to help another driver on Tuesday evening.
Wood was clearing debris from the shoulder of the road when he noticed an SUV heading toward his car.
He said that he jumped over the center wall to avoid being hit just as the SUV slammed into his patrol car, sending it more than 200 feet down the road.
The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries from the crash and was cited for inattentive driving and failing to yield for an emergency vehicle.
“This incident illustrates how vitally important it is for drivers to be aware and attentive at all times,” said OHP Chief Ricky Adams. “We are fortunate that there were no serious injuries or loss of life to anyone in this crash.”
Oklahoma law requires drivers to either change lanes or slow down when passing emergency vehicles on the road with lights flashing.
“Our Troopers face many dangers each and every day,” Adams said. “In the last several years, we’ve had far too many near-misses and units struck. Please avoid all distractions when you’re driving, and when you see flashing lights, slow down and move over. Help us all avoid needless tragedies.”