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. 

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Two Gulfport Police officers were rushed to the hospital after being struck by a motorist who lost control of his vehicle. (Gulfport Police Department)

 

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.

 

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.

(Provided to LET)

 

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. 

 

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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