Officer, 3 others injured in accident on I-264 Thanksgiving Day


by Amy Stallings and Alex Schuman

Posted on November 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 29 at 12:15 AM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Emergency crews have cleared the scene of an accident involving a LMPD officer on I-264 west at the Bells Lane/Campground Road exit.

The accident happened  just after 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Police said a man driving a pick up truck pulled alongside the roadway after having mechanical problems and a female LMPD officer stopped to help. The driver of the truck was leaning on the cruiser's window, talking to the officer, when another vehicle crashed into the cruiser.

"Apparently the driver of a Scion headed westbound on the Watterson Expressway, or 264,  apparently did not see those two for some reason, and struck the officer in the rear corner panel on the driver's side," Alicia Smiley, LMPD public information officer, said.

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Smiley said the crash caused the cruiser to turn and hit the driver talking to the officer. The officer was trapped inside the cruiser until firefighters arrived on the scene and got her out.

The officer, the truck driver, the driver of the Scion and a 7-year-old boy riding the Scion were all taken to the hospital.

Police said the driver of the Scion was not wearing his seat belt and his head smashed into the windshield, but the boy was wearing his seat belt.

All four suffered what police described as "moderate" injuries and are expected to be OK.

Police are urging drivers to use caution when they see a vehicle stopped on the side of the road.

"Whenever you see a person that's pulled over to the side, regardless of a reason, it doesn't necessarily have to be someone who's actually standing outside the vehicle, but maybe just the vehicle itself.  Just knowing that it's there and that you are not aware of all the circumstances make it very important to try to avoid it at all costs," Smiley said.


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