Don’t speed. Respect the road conditions when they are icy or rainy. It’s better to get where you need to go late – rather than not to get there at all.
Two First Responders are Dead & Another in Critical Condition
Lubbock lost two of its heroes. They gave their life to their community. Yet another, has been injured so badly that he’ll possibly never return to work again.
A week ago:
Officers and firefighters were called to a single-vehicle rollover crash on I-27 at approximately 8:19 a.m. Saturday. It appeared that the vehicle was traveling southbound and crossed the median into the northbound lanes where it rolled over.
While investigating this scene, another vehicle carrying a trailer was traveling southbound on I-27 when it crossed over the median and came to a stop in the northbound lanes — about 25 to 50 yards away from the first accident scene.
Police and firefighters – then spread out their resources to work both of the accidents. While personnel were investigating the two accidents, a third vehicle struck them and killed two and critically injured the third man.
27-year-old Officer Nicholas Reyna and 39-year-old Officer Eric Hill were killed in the wrecks. Matthew Dawson was critically injured.
The pickup truck that struck the first responders was a Ford F-250 – which traveled southbound on I-27, crossed over the median and struck one Lubbock police officer and two Lubbock firefighters. That vehicle came to a rest in an embankment. The driver of the vehicle was not driving in the single lane – as required by law.
Move Over – It’s the Law
If you’ve ever been stranded on the side of a road, you know how dangerous and unnerving it can be. Cars and trucks speed by – only inches away, leave too little margin for error and could so easily result in a disastrous crash.
America’s first responders – police, fire, EMT’s – face this peril every day in the line of duty.
Tow truck drivers, highway workers, utility workers and others whose jobs sometimes require that they park their vehicle on the roadway or the side of the road are also at risk.
To keep people from being killed or injured in these situations, all fifty states now have mandatory “Move Over” laws. If you see a vehicle with emergency lights or flashers on, you are required to move over a lane and slow down.
More than 150 law enforcement officers have been killed since 1997 after being struck by vehicles along America’s highways. In fact, traffic-related incidents, including vehicle crashes, are one of the leading causes of death for law enforcement officers.
In 2017, 47 officers lost their lives in traffic-related incidents, with nine officers struck and killed outside their vehicles. Already in 2019, responder fatalities include 7 law enforcement officers. From 2007 to 2017, 39 percent of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty were lost in traffic-related incidents.
Many have been seriously injured. This is a tragedy and completely preventable. Credit: https://www.transportation.gov/
Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the families that were injured or killed. We need to learn from this experience, which did not have to happen. Drive carefully and watch your speed.
Even when we do things right, bad things can happen. Safety should be our number one concern.