The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) shared dash cam video of a recent crash that happened near Colorado Springs as a reminder to move over for emergency vehicles and avoid distracted driving.
The video was captured on June 23, according to a news release from CSP:
At 8 am Thursday morning, Trooper Barco of the Colorado State Patrol responded to a stranded motorist on Interstate 76 near milepost 111. Through his coordination, a local tow company arrived on the scene to get the motorist off the road. During the vehicle recovery, Trooper Barco watched as a black Dodge 2500 pickup failed to react to his or the tow truck’s activated emergency lights. Trooper Barco moved himself and the other motorist to the center median to avoid the pending collision when the pickup impacted the passenger side of the patrol car. The driver of the pickup was transported with non-life-threatening injuries, while all other parties on the scene escaped with no injuries. Although still under investigation, distracted driving may be a factor in the crash, and the driver will be charged accordingly.
“Wake up Colorado,” said Colonel Matthew C. Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “The slow down or move over law is to protect us, so we can protect you, just as Trooper Barco protected the other motorist in need. Please move over and curb any distraction that takes away from your responsibility to be a safe driver!”
You can see the forward-facing and rear-facing dash cam video below.