Flagler County deputy suffers minor injuries in crash on I-95

Patrol vehicle was blocking a lane following a previous crash when it was struck by a van, FHP says

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office said a patrol vehicle was struck on Interstate 95 over the weekend. (Flagler County Sheriff's Office)

A Flagler County Sheriff Office patrol vehicle was struck by a van on northbound Interstate 95 about 10 p.m. Saturday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Sheriff’s Office said a deputy suffered minor injuries.

The Highway Patrol said the driver of the van failed to move over for a previous accident that the Sheriff’s Office was investigating and struck the patrol vehicle, which was parked in the outside lane of I-95 with all of its emergency lights activated and was being used to block the lane in order for a tow truck to remove a vehicle involved in the previous crash.

After the front driver side fender of the van hit the rear passenger side of the patrol vehicle, according to FHP, the van continued traveling north on the shoulder and then stopped just north of the area of the crash.

Troopers said the driver of the van, an 88-year-old St. Johns man, was not injured.

It was the second incident in two days in Northeast Florida in which a law enforcement officer’s patrol vehicle was struck.

According to the Highway Patrol, an FHP lieutenant was conducting a traffic stop on the right shoulder of southbound Interstate 295, near the end of the Buckman Bridge, on Friday when the trooper’s cruiser was rear-ended by a Ford F-150, which first struck a concrete barrier. The Highway Patrol said the lieutenant suffered serious injuries.

Florida law requires drivers to move over a lane when possible for stopped law enforcement, emergency sanitation, utility service vehicles and tow trucks or wreckers. If it is not possible to move over or when on a two-lane road, slow to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit.

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