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In the early hours of a crisp morning in Kittitas County, Washington, a routine roadside investigation turned into a heart-stopping event. A semi-truck barreled into an accident scene, narrowly missing a state trooper and leaving two patrol cars severely damaged. Here’s what unfolded:

The Initial Rollover Crash

The chain of events began around 10 p.m. the previous night on westbound I-90, just four miles west of Cle Elum. A semi-truck veered off the road for unknown reasons, causing it to flip over. The wreckage caught the attention of a Department of Transportation (DOT) truck and a Washington State Patrol (WSP) car, both of which stopped to investigate.

The Second Collision

As the DOT truck and WSP car were parked near the rollover crash site, another semi-truck hurtled toward them. At 1 a.m. on Monday morning, the force of the impact caused the unoccupied DOT truck to slam into the back of the patrol car. A trooper was inside the car at the time, narrowly escaping serious injury. Meanwhile, another trooper on foot managed to leap out of the way, landing in a barbed-wire fence.

Jeremy Weber, WSP Public Information Officer for District 6, emphasized the severity of the situation: “This could’ve been really, really, really bad, and I don’t want to take anything away from what these guys went through. It’s a traumatic thing. But it does need to be said that this could’ve ended a lot worse.”

The Importance of the Move Over Law

Both injured officers were taken to the hospital for evaluation. This incident underscores the critical importance of Washington’s “Move Over Law.” When you see flashing lights on the side of the road, slow down and move over to create a safe buffer for emergency responders. Trooper Weber explained, “Literally, it’s the most dangerous part of our job.”

Charges and Consequences

The semi-truck driver involved in the initial rollover crash is facing negligent driving charges. The driver responsible for the second collision is also awaiting charges. Both were taken to Kittitas Valley Healthcare for treatment of their injuries.

A Near Miss with Lasting Impact

The near-tragedy serves as a stark reminder for all drivers. Even when we’re not directly involved in an accident, our actions on the road can have far-reaching consequences. Let’s remain vigilant, obey traffic laws, and prioritize safety for everyone sharing the highways.

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