GULFPORT, Miss. – Two Gulfport officers have been hospitalized after a driver lost control and crashed into a police motorcycle on Wednesday morning, WLOX reported.
The department confirmed the wreck just after 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say that the two officers were pulled to the side of the Mississippi highway to assist with an earlier crash.
Gulfport Police Department posted a message on Twitter, reminding drivers of their responsibility (and moral duty) to slow down and move over when they see first responders working on the interstate.
Here are some additional photos of the scene where two officers were struck while working a crash on I10 near the 35-36mm. Please slow down and move over when you see first responders. Within less than a week three officers have been struck on the coast while working crashes. pic.twitter.com/a03tZxfAWp
— Gulfport Police Dept (@GulfportPolice) September 11, 2019
Officials say that both officers are awake and alert, having been transported to an area hospital for treatment. Law Enforcement Today spoke with someone close to the department, who said that both officers are hurt, but are expected to make a full recovery.
“We know that one officer has two broken legs and the other has a broken ankle,” the source noted.
The scene of the wreck shows how dangerous the situation was.
WLOX reported that the Biloxi Police Department was assisting with the investigation into the accident. Regular traffic is being detoured past mile marker 38. Drivers are advised to avoid that area if possible and use extreme caution if traveling through there.
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Often referred to as “Scott’s Law”, motorists are required to change lanes to give space to emergency crews. The trending social media tag #MoveOver has continued to remind motorists that they need to be mindful of police and emergency crews who are doing their jobs on the side of busy roads.
The law came into effect in 2002 when Chicago Firefighter Scott Glennon was struck and killed while working at the scene of an accident on the side of the highway.
Here’s a visual answer to the question I always get at public events – “What do you worry about the most on the road.” #moveover or #slowdown if you can’t move over. Not just for first responders but for everyone. #CommonSense #Courtesy https://t.co/ybNoC1uljh
— Trooper John Bryant (@wspd6pio) September 9, 2019
2019 has been a dangerous time for first responders working on the side of the road. So far, 10 officers have been killed in the line of duty this year by being struck by a vehicle.
We’re glad to report that these Gulfport officers are going to be okay, but please, America, slow down and MOVE OVER!
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