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2 law enforcement officers hurt in interstate highway wreck

Law enforcement officers face a difficult job: not only are they at risk from people who would intentionally do them harm, but they are often put in dangerous situations where they might be more vulnerable to accidents as a result of their activities -- specifically, when conducting a traffic stop.

Recently, two law enforcement officers were taken to the hospital after a car accident when their stationary vehicle was hit by another car going a high rate of speed. The officers had just pulled someone over for a moving violation on Interstate 65 south of Nashville, Tennessee.

At that point, a driver who was in an outside lane attempted to turn into a lane to her left to get out of the way. However, that driver noticed a car in the lane she was attempting to enter and overcorrected, sending her colliding into the car of a Williamson County sheriff's deputy and another officer.

Each of the officers was badly hurt. One of them was flown via LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was treated and ultimately released. The other officer was taken to Williamson Medical Center. The crash caused portions of the highway to be shut down for some time.

A car accident can have a devastating impact on the people who are involved. Although the injuries to the officers were serious, they could have been much worse. Nevertheless, there will be significant expenses involved and damages might be sought in a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: The Tennessean, "Williamson County sheriff's deputy hurt after I-65 driver slams into car," Sandi Van Orden, Dec. 3, 2012

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