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Car Crash Good Reminder To Stay Alert

March 24, 2014, 6:02 PM by Brady Mallory

Car Crash Good Reminder To Stay Alert

Sioux Falls' Police Chief said a crash between a Highway Patrol Trooper and another driver is a good reminder to always be alert behind the wheel.   According to authorities, a trooper had his lights and sirens on when he approached 41st Street and Sertoma Avenue just before 6 p.m. on Sunday.  The trooper slowed down for a red light at the intersection, but did not stop.  He then hit a truck as it was going through the green light.

The Trooper walked away with a citation for failure to obey a traffic control device, but thankfully, no one walked away with serious injuries.

"Anytime you've got a crash of any nature, if you can get away with minor injuries or no injuries is definitely a plus," Chief Doug Barthel said.

The trooper, who authorities say was looking down at his radio just before the crash happened, was on his way to a different crash in the area.

"There are many distractions going on in the car, especially when you're responding to an emergency call, which was the case here," Barthel said.

Police said the other driver did not notice the trooper had his lights and sirens on.  Barthel said drivers must always be on the watch for emergency vehicles traveling during an emergency situation. 

"Even though you may come upon an intersection and the light is green for you, you never know what's coming from other directions.  Whether it be an emergency vehicle or someone else who simply isn't stopping.  Sometimes it's easy to have tunnel vision.  We just assume everything is ok, but you need to drive defensively, too, and be aware of your surroundings," Barthel said.

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