Virginia State Trooper Sideswiped by a Tractor-Trailer in Newport News

Virginia State Police troopers do a difficult and dangerous job on the busy interstates of Hampton Roads. They are often the first people to be injured by careless and reckless driving. In a frightening case this week a trooper was injured when he was sideswiped by a tractor-trailer

Virginia State Police say the incident occurred on Thursday night on I-64 in Newport News. Trooper I.K. Ibrahim pulled over a Kia for speeding on the westbound side of the interstate close to Jefferson Avenue.

During the traffic stop, a tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the interstate and sideswiped the trooper’s car and the Kia. The trooper and a passenger in the Kia were hurt. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

A report stated the tractor-trailer was carrying about 1,000 pounds of mail. The 65-year-old driver from Maryland was charged with reckless driving. Police say driver fatigue was a factor in this crash just after midnight.

It’s terrifying to be sideswiped by a tractor-trailer. Pictures of the damage to the trooper’s car show the force of an impact by a big rig, even when it’s a glancing blow.

Sideswiped by a Tractor-Trailer – Virginia’s Move Over Law

Virginia’s “move-over” law has been in place for many years but motorists continue to ignore it. When emergency vehicles are stopped at the edge of the road with their flashing lights on, as was the case in this crash, other drivers must move a lane over or slow down.

Ibrahim was sitting in his patrol car with his emergency lights activated he was sideswiped. He was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News.

Virginia State Police Lieutenant Curtis Hardison highlighted the importance of abiding by the move-over law in a statement. He said:

“These troopers that are out there, male or female, that is someone’s son, that is someone’s father, that’s someone’s grandfather and they have their own children and we are asking them to pass safely as they proceed past our cars on the shoulder of the road.”

The law applies to blue, red and amber flashing lights. It’s seen as vital to the safety of troopers, police, other emergency workers, and tow truck operators.

A study by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found of 684 police officers killed over a five-year period, 272 lost their lives in automobile wrecks.

In 2015, 10 law enforcement officers were hit and killed by a vehicle. In the last decade, 128 law enforcement officers nationwide have been struck and killed by a vehicle while on duty.

If you have been injured in a tractor-trailer accident in Virginia, please call our truck accident team at (757) 455-0077.

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