07/26/12 146 W, 2 I - + 5 - 6 Durham Police Officer Injured in I-85 Crash

WTVD yesterday posted photos of the crash scene on Interstate 85 near Cole Mill Road, where a Durham police cruiser was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer truck, moments after it had pulled over another vehicle. The officer, who hasn't been identified, was transported to Duke Hospital and last listed in critical but stable condition. See also other news reports, including this WRAL story. There's also a ground photo in this story from the Herald-Sun.

Durham Herald photo

It's perhaps worth mentioning that the state's "move over" law turned ten this year. It took effect in January 2002, and requires motorists to move one law away, if safely possible, from any law enforcement or other emergency vehicle that's on the side of the highway. Violations result in a mandatory fine of $250 plus court costs. More info.

WTVD photo

Please continue to keep Officer Gilliam in your thoughts and prayers. She is still in critical but
stable condition. I was down at the city fleet building yesterday and had the chance to the squad
car up close (http://i.imgur.com/EAMfa.jpg) and realized I had done radio & radar maintenance in this
vehicle a couple of months ago. Officer Gilliam had all of her emergency lights activated and was as far
over off the road as you can get. It has been noted elsewhere that the truck driver was reportedly under
the influence and hopefully will be held accountable for this accident. To all of my LEO friends please always use extra caution and keep an eye on all surroundings on all vehicle stops no matter how routine so that you can make it home safely at the end of your tour of duty.
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 07/27/12 - 14:46

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