Following another incident earlier this week on Wednesday where a Colorado State Patrol motorcycle and a local tow truck were hit during an accident investigation near Colorado Springs, yesterday morning another CSP vehicle was was hit while assisting a stranded motorist.
At 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning, Trooper Barco of the Colorado State Patrol responded to a stranded motorist on Interstate 76 near milepost 111 in Logan County. Thanks to his coordination, a local towing company arrived on the scene to get the motorist off the road. During the recovery of the vehicle, Cavalier Barco observed that a black Dodge 2500 pickup truck did not respond to its activated emergency lights or those of the tow truck. The Barco rider moved with the other motorist towards the center median to avoid the impending collision when the van slammed into the passenger side of the patrol car. The driver of the van was transported with non-life-threatening injuries, while all other parties at the scene escaped uninjured. Although still under investigation, distracted driving may have been a factor in the crash, and the driver will be charged accordingly.
Wake up Colorado,” said Col. Matthew C. Packard, Colorado State Patrol Chief. ” The slow down or move the law is to protect us, so that we can protect you, just as the Barco Rider protected the other motorist in need. Please move around and limit any distractions that take away your responsibility to be a safe driver!”