State trooper injured in crash on Highway 81 in Virginia. The police are usually the ones you call when you get into a car accident. They aren’t usually the people involved in a car accident. However, when you consider that the cops are out there on the roads making sure everyone’s driving safely, it shouldn’t be surprising that they sometimes get injured in highway accidents.
This is what happened to a State Trooper in Rockingham County this morning. At about 1 am, a man driving a 2014 Freightliner was attempting to pass another car on Highway 81. The car was driving southbound at the time.
When the man in the van, Peter Kyungduk of Buena Park, California tried to change lanes, he ended up crashing into another vehicle. The car he hit, a 1998 Honda, was knocked into the median where the State Trooper was sitting in his patrol car.
The trooper was parked in his patrol car doing stationary radar measurements on the highway when he was hit by Kyungduk. Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured. The man driving the Honda was from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was treated at the scene and released. The trooper suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sentara RMH nearby.
The man driving the freightliner was charged with making an illegal lane change. There doesn’t seem to be any indication that alcohol or drugs were involved. The investigation is still ongoing but no further charges appear to be pending.
This just goes to show you – be careful no matter what time of day you’re on the road. Both drivers involved in this crash were from out of state. Who knows what they were doing on the road in Virginia. Thankfully, neither of them suffered any serious injuries.
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