BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – A suburban Detroit police officer is recovering after he was nearly crushed between two cars while assisting a driver on a slick highway – and it was all caught on video.
The incident happened on Saturday on I-75 in Bloomfield Township, which is located between Pontiac and Detroit, according to a release from the Bloomfield Township Police Department.
The officer had gotten out of his patrol car – which had its emergency lights on – and was helping a driver who had slid off the northbound lanes of the highway into the median when an 18-year-old driver lost control, slid into the patrol car and then the other disabled car, nearly sandwiching the officer in between, police said.
The officer was thrown into a ditch after he was hit, according to the release. He was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
“It is imperative that drivers understand that during inclement weather, they need to slow down and maintain control of their vehicle,” Bloomfield Township Police Chief Geof Gaudard said in the release. “By slowing down, they can react to situations in front of them, like a patrol car with emergency lights on. Crashes like this are preventable, if drivers are attentive and understand their abilities and the abilities of their vehicles during bad weather.”