POSTED: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 8:28am
UPDATED: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 9:57am
Around 7:00 p.m. two Weslaco police officers responded to a minor crash on Expressway 83. They parked their motorcycle unit and cruiser behind the single car accident on the side of the road. But, what they thought to be a routine procedure almost turned deadly.
"A Ford F-150 came from behind and struck the officer on the motorcycle, pushing him along with his unit into the grassy median between the expressway and the frontage. Then continued and struck our patrol unit, which an officer was still inside, and also spun him and pushed him into the grassy median," said Danny Elizondo, Weslaco Police Department PIO.
Both officers were injured and had to be transported to the hospital.
"They did suffer some bruises and bumps but they will recover," said Elizondo.
Accidents like this unfortunately happen too often and police said they need drivers to really pay attention when they see flashing lights; lives depend on it.
"Whenever we have been responding to accidents, especially on the expressway, whenever you have an officer passing you up the best thing to do is move over to the side and definitely slow down," said Elizondo.
If your forced to travel in the lane next to a parked police officer, you'll want to slow down to 25 mile an hour, especially if you are on large interstates like expressway 83.
Police must park their vehicles according to the problem situation they are responding to.
"If it's an accident on the expressway we have to position our units to wherever the accident occurred. If it is we pull someone over, we pull over to the shoulder, from there any traffic that is oncoming should slow down and if possible move over to the other lane," said Elizondo.
Both officers are out of the hospital and will return to work after the New Year.