Updated:
Original:

State Patrol to drivers: Move over; 4 squads hit since Friday

Author:

After multiple squad cars were hit recently, the Minnesota State Patrol is reminding drivers to slow down or move over when they see flashing lights.

Since Friday, crashes in which vehicles slid into patrol cars parked on shoulders resulted in four damaged squads. None of the troopers involved were seriously hurt.

The first incident happened Friday morning. Roads were slick along I-94 near the Wisconsin border when an idled trooper was rear-ended.

"The trooper was in the patrol car doing paperwork and arranging for a tow truck to respond but the other people were outside," Lt. Eric Roeske told FOX 9. "You can imagine how frightening it would be -- and see a vehicle at highway speeds come out of control, coming right at you."

Roeske said the patrol car was pushed several feet. No one outside the cars was injured.

MnDOT traffic cameras captured the crash.
[preserve]
KMSP-TV[/preserve]

KARE 11 also has video.

Minnesota's Move Over Law, implemented in 2006, requires drivers to move over one full lane or slow down when passing stopped emergency, maintenance and construction vehicles.

FOX 9 reports 89 parked patrol squads were hit last year. (However, the Associated Press puts that number much lower at 19 parked squads hit last year.)

State troopers had another busy morning Tuesday as snow snarled the morning commute. Roeske says the state patrol responded to 86 crashes and 188 vehicles that went off the road statewide. Only 12 injuries were reported.


FOX 9 reports snow totals in the Twin Cities range from 2-4 inches. The National Weather Service expects areas of western Wisconsin to get up to 8 inches by early afternoon.
[preserve]
KMSP-TV[/preserve]

Next Up

Sen Mark Koran crop

Lawmaker deletes post encouraging donations to family charged in Capitol riot

Sen. Mark Koran, in his Facebook post, described them as "a good family!"

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 11.04.26 AM

Mother charged with beating daughter to death ruled incompetent

The case against the Woodbury woman will be put "indeterminately suspended."

msp airport

Employers at MSP Airport seeking to hire 700-plus workers

Employers include restaurants, retail, hotel, airlines and security.

Screen Shot 2021-10-23 at 9.38.43 PM

Driver who died in Hwy. 100 embankment rollover is identified

The 30-year-old was killed in the Saturday evening crash.

best buy

Best Buy launches another pre-Black Friday sale, the Early Deals Event

This latest round of discounts is available through Oct. 31.

dave chappelle

Dave Chappelle to perform at Target Center in Minneapolis

The comedian is screen his new documentary at part of the 10-city tour.

Screen Shot 2021-10-25 at 7.06.08 AM

U.S. soccer hero Megan Rapinoe signs her mural at St. Paul bar

Rapinoe paid a visit to The Black Hart ahead of a match at Allianz Field Tuesday.

hospital, emergency room

1 dead after married couple crash UTV in southern Minnesota

The crash happened just after 11 p.m. Saturday.

hmong college prep academy

St. Paul school superintendent offers to quit after $4.3M lost in hedge fund

The Office of the State Auditor recently released its investigative report on the school.

Related