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Close call for Kentucky State Police trooper

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

A Kentucky State Police trooper escaped injury when his cruiser was hit by a tractor trailer Friday morning.

Trooper Todd Wheeler had pulled over a car for speeding on Interstate 64 in Franklin County heading west.

While Wheeler was out of his cruiser, talking with the car's driver, the tractor trailer hit the cruiser.

"I truly believe God was watching over him this morning," says Kentucky State Police Sgt. Mike Carnahaw, "I mean, you'll see the damage to the rear of the cruiser, and he was just a few feet in front of it. You have a vehicle going 70 miles per hour, that close to him, he's very blessed."

The driver of the tractor trailer told police he couldn't switch lanes at the time, as the law dictates.

"The state law says you're to move over to the left lane when you have an emergency vehicle in the left shoulder," Sgt. Carnahaw says.

The truck driver told police another car was in that lane already, preventing him from getting over.

The cruiser has moderate damage. No one was badly hurt, but Trooper Wheeler received some minor injuries from flying debris.

Police tell us the driver of the semi does not face any charges.

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