Road Safety

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

Two people are released from the hospital after an accident on Saturday afternoon involving an SUV and a police cruiser.

This recent incident is bringing attention to safety on the roads.

The accident happened on the Louie B. Nunn parkway near the Glasgow exit when the driver of an SUV, Naomi Jessie, was driving in the fast lane and forced into the median when another car began to merge into her lane to avoid an officer on the side of the road issuing a traffic violation.

Jessie's car lost control and went into a side slide where it crossed the parkway and struck the trooper's vehicle.

According to troopers this accident wasn't the first time a cruiser has been struck and is just one reason why these officers are reminding drivers to be aware on the roadways.

"That's the reason we're very aware of our surroundings when we're out there and of course safety is always our number one concern anytime that we're out on the interstates or highways,” says Kentucky State Police Sergeant Kevin Pickett.

Saturday's accident where an SUV hit a Kentucky State Police cruiser parked on the side of the road to issue a citation isn't an incident that is surprising to many troopers.

"Several years ago in Edmonson County there was a deputy killed and another deputy severely injured when a car ran over them. We have had incidents before where trooper cars have gotten hit but I have never seen one before where the car actually landed on top of the troopers car,” says Pickett.

Last July a campaign was started in the state called "Move Over Kentucky". Signs are up around the state on the roadways reminding drivers that when they see flashing lights on the side of the road they should try to get over.

"So, if you're coming up on an emergency vehicle, being an ambulance, fire truck, or a police officer pulled over on the side of the road, yes you need to move over to the left, as long as you can do so safely,” says Pickett.

Troopers are trained to be aware of their surroundings when out on the roadways especially when they are in high-traffic areas.

In regards to the accident on Saturday the trooper wasn't in his cruiser at the time and was able to avoid the accident.

"He was on his way back to his cruiser when he saw the vehicle losing control and Trooper Adams then started running off the emergency lane to the shoulder area, the grassy area of the parkway."

These troopers are just reminding you that when you're out on the roadways be aware of those who are stopped on the side of the road so that this type of accident doesn't happen to you.

The Kentucky State Police trooper in Saturday's accident was not injured.

Naomi Jessie was treated and released from a Louisville hospital and her passenger Danny Jessie was released from the T.J. Samson Hospital with minor injuries.


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