Highway trooper's close call with semi-truck

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Friday, July 26, 2013 - 10:33am

Dash cam records video of a trooper's close call with a tractor trailer.

A state patrol trooper speaks out after nearly being hit by a tractor trailer.

On a traffic stop on I-43 in Sheboygan county, last friday, Wisconsin state patrol trooper Jim Reese had a close call.

Dash cam video from the Wisconsin department transportation shows Reese heading back to his car.

Then, he pauses before a semi traveling at highway speeds slams into the side of his squad car, sending debris into the air.

"Luckily, I paused and was able to avoid the impact, which was quite violent on the driver's side of my squad car," says Jim Reese.

He says his training helped him and the other driver miss impact.

No one was hurt.

The driver of the semi on the other hand was cited.

Reese credits his car parked slightly to the left and his passenger side approach for saving his life that day.

Reese says, "We've certainly had close calls in the past. But, you hope that whatever reaction or decision you make at the time is the correct one. And lucky for me, God willing, it worked out on Friday."

Reese says it's all too common to see other vehicles coming too close to police and workers on the side of the road, and having that extra space can mean the difference between life and death.

"It's really impactful to us as law enforcement, to construction workers, tow truck operators. To keep us safe, we need people to follow that. We need people to move over. We need them to slow down. We need them to be attentive to what they're doing when they're driving a motor vehicle." says Jim Reese.

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