Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A patrol vehicle was struck from behind while an officer was helping a motorist involved in a crash on Interstate 40 West. Around 4:10 p.m., three officers responded to two separate single car crashes on Interstate 40 West near the 229MM where two cars spun out on ice and struck the center dividing wall.
While an officer was outside of his patrol vehicle and helping one of the motorists who crashed, the patrol vehicle was struck by an out of control car around 4:21 p.m. After the patrol car was struck, it was pushed into the center dividing wall. The officer and occupants of the out of control car were not harmed during this incident.
After the patrol vehicle was struck, Interstate 40 West was closed for a brief time period while crashed vehicles were removed from the roadway.
By police department policy, a third-party agency must investigate any crash involving a department vehicle. Therefore, the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene to investigate the crash. The details of the crash investigation will be released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
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