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Indiana State Police car struck by semi trailer

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An Indiana state trooper narrowly escaped serious injury after his police car was struck by a semi trailer on I-69 near the 267 mile marker.

The preliminary crash investigation by Master Trooper Gary Shenefield revealed that Trooper Chuck Meyer was investigating a property damage crash in the median of northbound I-69 near the 267 mile marker.

Trooper Meyer had his 2013 fully marked Dodge Charger police car parked in the median. The emergency lighting on the police car was activated warning northbound drivers to reduce the speed of their vehicles.

Trooper Meyer was out of his police car speaking with the driver of the original property damage crash, when a second car slid off into the median. As Trooper Meyer was checking on the driver of the slide-off, a semi-tractor slid off the road into the median.

Trooper Meyer was forced to dive over the median cable barrier so he would not be run over by the semi-tractor. The semi-tractor was able to get back on the interstate without hitting anything. It continued northbound on I-69.

As Trooper Meyer was reporting the actions of the semi-tractor to the Indiana State Police Regional Dispatch Center via portable radio; a 2007 Freightliner semi-tractor pulling a box trailer slid into the median.

Trooper Meyer, who was still standing outside of his police car, was forced again to take evasive action to avoid being struck by the second semi-tractor. The Freightliner, driven by Gabane Abdi, 29, St. Cloud, MN, drove between the trooper's car and the median cable barrier. The semi's box trailer struck Trooper Meyer's police car.

Neither Trooper Meyer nor anyone else was hit. Trooper Meyer was transported to a local hospital with pain to the right side of his body. The injury was sustained while avoiding both semi-tractors. No one else was injured.

Abdi was hauling auto parts for Pam Transport based in Pontipown, AR. Trooper Randy McPike completed an inspection on the semi-tractor, trailer, and required paperwork. There were no violations found. Abdi was cited for reckless driving. Neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to this crash. I-69 was wet and snow covered at the time of this crash.

Troopers had worked numerous crashes and slide-offs prior to Trooper Meyer's police car being struck. When road conditions are wet, icy, or snow covered drivers should reduce the speed of their vehicle and increase the following distance to other vehicles.

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