A Highway Police Officer with the ARDOT was injured when his patrol vehicle was struck on I-30 in Clark County yesterday while conducting a presence detail going into a construction zone.
According to Danny Straessle, of the Arkansas Department of Transportation, The Highway Police Officer was working a presence detail at the 81 mile marker of I-30 westbound for a bridge construction zone that had one lane shut down at around 9:03 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5 when his patrol vehicle was struck squarely from behind by another vehicle.
DOT Officers regularly conduct presence details ahead of lanes merging going into construction zone or areas where a crash or other incident has caused a lane to be shut down.
According to Bill Saddler, with the Arkansas State Police, their initial investigation shows that a westbound driver lost control of their vehicle and crashed into the rear of the patrol unit while it was stationary. Straessle said the officer was on the inside shoulder with his emergency lights on when the crash occurred.
Staessle said the officer was flown by helicopter to UAMS in Little Rock and his injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. According to Saddler, the driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries and is being questioned by the Arkansas State Police.
The State Police are still investigating the crash. They said that any possible traffic violations or criminal charges will only be considered as the investigation closes.