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Trooper involved in three-vehicle crash in Boardman



Published: Wed, October 2, 2013 @ 1:42 p.m.

Trooper involved in three-vehicle crash in Boardman

BOARDMAN

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper responding to a car accident drove through a red light at the intersection of U.S. Route 224 and state Route 7, colliding with a Chevrolet Impala that then struck a BMW at about 10:50 a.m. today.

Sgt. Michael Wilson of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the trooper involved in the crash proceeded through the intersection with the cruiser’s sirens and lights activated, heading east on U.S. Route 224, only after “all traffic had appeared to stop.”

The Chevrolet Impala was headed north on state Route 7 and was in the far right lane when the crash occurred. Upon impact, it then slid into the westbound lane, hitting the BMW.

Wilson added that the accident is under investigation, and that the Ohio State Highway Patrol will treat it as a “regular crash.”

“We’ll look at who failed to yield and why, and we’ll see what the [dashboard] camera shows,” Wilson said.

The three drivers were taken to St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center with minor injuries, Wilson said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has not yet released names of those involved in the accident.


Comments

1NilesOhio(691 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Just because they have lights on doesn't give a state trooper the go-ahead to blow through a light like that. He had to have been going a healthy speed to push a car 2 lanes over. That doesn't sound like he actually slowed down to see if "all traffic had appeared to stop" and he's just trying to cover himself.

Of course, since he's a trooper, nothing will be done even if the cameras show he was at fault in the accident.

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2bmanresident(597 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I bet the other two cars receive a fine after all it is a State trooper. Those guys are invincible!! Unless they mix pills and booze, then they're fired.

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3auntiem4cabs(113 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I admire the state highway patrol and all of the officers from all of the regions. Yes, these days they seem to have inflated egos, but they are there when we need t hem.

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4BrazenBull(12 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't know how many times I've almost gotten into an accident at that intersection. On multiple occasions I've seen a large dog/puppy standing there waving at cars. I feel obligated to wave back, and it's quite distracting!

More than once the creature has just been standing there, dancing to silent music. It's incredibly mesmerizing...and dangerous.

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5fanof88(1 comment)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The cruiser’s sirens and lights were activated!! All drivers learned at an early age that emergency vehicles have the right of way. Too often motorists are not yielding to emergency vehicles.

Vehicle and traffic law mandates that you MUST yield the right-of-way to fire, ambulance, police and other authorized emergency vehicles when they are responding to emergencies. They will display flashing lights and sound a siren. When you hear or see an emergency vehicle approaching your vehicle from any direction, including on your side of an expressway or limited access highway. Wait until the emergency vehicle passes before driving on. If you hear a siren but don't know exactly where the emergency vehicle is, pull over until you are sure it is not approaching you.

Emergency vehicles using lights and sirens are unpredictable. The driver may legally exceed the speed limit, pass red lights or stop signs, and drive the wrong way on one way streets.

Common sense is when driving down the road and everyone is pulled over or stopped ummm, obviously somethings happening! SMH

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