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Police officer, pedestrians injured in crash

People who live in the Louisville area on either side of the Ohio River probably realize, at least intuitively, that they need to be on the lookout for accident scenes and stalled vehicles. Usually, there are people that are either still in or close to the vehicles following an incident. Moreover, police officers frequently respond, and they also are either in or near their cruisers.

In short, not taking precautions around accident scenes could lead to pedestrian accidents or more serious motor vehicle accidents than what may have already occurred. Such was indeed the case in Louisville recently. A police officer was responding to a single car accident that had happened on Interstate 64, a major artery through both Louisville and the New Albany area.

The three people who had been involved in the crash were standing outside the police cruiser while the officer was sitting in her cruiser, presumably working on the report.

Although the officer had her emergency lights on, another car approached very quickly. The officer managed to warn the three pedestrians as the car approached, but the car still hit two of them. The car also hit the police cruiser and forced it back in to the middle of the Interstate.

The police officer and two of the pedestrians, along with the driver that hit them, were taken to the hospital. One of the pedestrians was described as having suffered serious injuries. The third pedestrian, who was not hit, did not suffer any physical injuries.

Drivers in the Louisville area have a duty to be on the lookout for police cleaning up accidents and to give them appropriate space. Slowing down is also important. When drivers fail in these obligations, they may be responsible to pay compensation for any accident that results.

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal, "Four inured, including Louisville officer, in I-64 crash," Justin Sayers, March 31, 2017

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