Smyth County deputy cruiser hit while responding to accident on I-81
SMYTH COUNTY, VA - A Smyth County deputy was struck in his patrol car early this morning as he was responding to an accident on I-81 northbound near Marion. Three deputies responded to the initial crash, pulling over to the shoulder near the accident and flashing their lights. A car driving past the scene lost control and hit one of the cruisers while the deputy was inside. That deputy was taken to the hospital for minor injuries; he was treated and released. The driver was not injured; he was charged with "failure to move over for emergency lights". Smyth County Sheriff Chip Shuler says the accident could have been prevented with careful and cautious driving.
"Pay attention when you're driving, pay attention...not just police cars but just pay attention to the flow of traffic in general," Sheriff Shuler says.
In addition to last week's Smyth County pursuit that resulted in a cruiser involved accident, Sheriff Shuler says a parked cruiser was accidentally backed into yesterday by a school bus. In a week's time, four cruisers have been hit and are out of commission-- four new cruisers have been ordered.