Skip to main content

Semi misses stopped car by inches on Interstate 94

The dashboard camera of a Wisconsin state trooper captured a semi truck speeding by a car parked on Interstate 94 – narrowly missing the vehicle by a few inches. The truck driver was cited. Now the state patrol is using the video as a reminder to drivers to move over or slow down when they see a car stopped along the side of a roadway.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Wisconsin state trooper Charles Hotvedt was chatting with a driver from the passenger side of a car he had stopped along Interstate 94 in Eau Claire County on Oct. 15. He looked up in shocked when a semi truck barrels by the car, its wheels well over the white line, missing the vehicle by just a few inches, the Pioneer Press reports.

Now the state patrol is using the incident as a teachable moment for drivers, reminding them that by law they need to move to the left lane or slow down when they see law enforcement officers stopped on the right side of the road.

"If he had been standing on the left or driver-side of the vehicle, there's no doubt in my mind he would have been hit by the semi traveling at highway speed," State Patrol Captain Jeffrey Frenette in a press release.

The semi driver was stopped and issued multiple citations. The driver was fatigued, investigators said. Ten state Patrol vehicles were hit last year while stopped on the roadside. These crashes injured eight officers, the state patrol says.

Here's the video:

Next Up

Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer offers statement after being fired by Vikings

Zimmer was fired on Monday after eight seasons with the Vikings.

2006 Chevrolet Suburban

Footprints near stuck SUV lead deputies to body of missing WI man

The 30-year-old had disappeared nearly a week ago.

Eric Kendricks

Vikings' Kendricks says 'fear-based' approach not the way to go

The linebacker spoke to the media Monday after Mike Zimmer's firing.

tony webster light rail green line flickr

Man charged in light rail knife attack and police squad arson

The separate incidents happened days apart, with the suspect now charged in both cases.

covid test 5

Biden Admin: Home COVID tests will soon be covered by insurance

The tests will be free with insurance starting Saturday.

chaska 3

Historic home in downtown Chaska on the market for $430,000

The property is zoned commercial and residential.

Kirk Cousins

Vikings owner on Cousins situation: 'It's not a simple answer on all this'

The high-profile quarterback has a $45 million cap hit next season.

duluth fire 2

Duluth firefighters battling blaze at former Seaway Hotel

Wind chills were 35 below zero Monday morning.

Mike Zimmer

Coller: Mike Zimmer set the bar high and then couldn't reach it

The head coach whose teams were known for their fight went out in back-to-back seasons in meaningless games. Few coaches survive that.

Rick Spielman

Rick Spielman issues statement after being fired by Vikings

Spielman was let go by the franchise he had called home for 16 years.

ray Js

Charges: Sledgehammer-wielding burglar targeted pull tabs safe at restaurant

The suspect was unsuccessful getting inside the pull tabs safe.

Mapleton

Charges: Minnesota small town shooting sparked by missing gold teeth

The suspect, however, says the man he shot was being "aggressive" and wouldn't let him leave.

Related

Tipped semi dumps 5,000 gallons of hot tar

A semi-trailer crashed into the median and jackknifed near Shevlin after the driver feel asleep at the wheel. State patrol officials say the driver was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.

Pedestrian killed on Interstate 694 in apparent suicide

The State Patrol says a driver in Maplewood pulled his vehicle over, got out, and lay down in the highway in front of an oncoming truck. It's the third time in three months in the Twin Cities that an apparent suicide has involved stepping in front of Interstate traffic.

ambulance

Wrong-way driver killed in head-on crash on Interstate 94

The driver collided with a semi on I-94 near Albany.