A Rockdale County deputy was hit by a car while assisting with a crash on I-20 early this morning. He was seriously injured. The AJC has the story.
The accident happened just before 2:45 a.m. according to the Georgia State Patrol. The deputy was directing traffic around an earlier crash that happened at Ga. 162 and I-20. Two patrol cars and a fire truck were in the two left lanes of the interstate while they worked the scene.
The deputy was on the right side of the road directing traffic when a driver in a gray 2017 Nissan Rogue swerved from the left lane and hit him. Fortunately, the officer is expected to make a full recovery. The driver was uninjured and stayed at the scene. It is unknown if charges will be filed.
Emergency vehicles have bright flashing lights to warn motorists, but the uniforms of most first responders aren’t easy to see in the dark. It’s quite possible that the driver was blinded by the lights of the cars and couldn’t see the officer when he merged over.
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