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Trooper survives scary ordeal on icy I-69

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State Trooper Charles Meyer State Trooper Charles Meyer
Meyer's dashcam captured cars sliding across I-69 last week. Meyer's dashcam captured cars sliding across I-69 last week.
The trooper's car was struck, but he miraculously escaped harm. The trooper's car was struck, but he miraculously escaped harm.
INDIANAPOLIS -

An Indiana State Police trooper survived a scary crash to tell the story of how slick roads and speed can make for a deadly combination.

Trooper Charles Meyer cheated death several times in a matter of minutes during last week's snowstorm in northern Indiana.

"I've been a state trooper for over six-and-a-half years," Meyer said. "Most scared I've ever been since I've been on the road."

Meyer was on the side of Interstate 69 in Grant County, checking on a woman involved in an accident on the side of the road.

"I looked up and there had been a passenger car that slid into the median between her car and my car and I thought to myself, 'Man, this ain't good'," Meyer said.

The car missed, but then a semi began sliding off the snowy and slick road.

"So I ran and I told her to run and I jumped over the cable barrier and landed on my side," Meyer recalled.

As the semi drove northbound on I-69, Meyer called in to dispatch for back-up. Within seconds of the first near miss, he saw another semi pulling a box trailer.

"Looked like he was not going to get stopped either, so I took off running again and went back over the cable barrier," Meyer said.

The second semi slid into the median and hit the trooper's Dodge Charger.

"Pushed it across from the median side on to the right shoulder," he said.

He dodged death three separate times within four minutes.

"Just how lucky I was that somebody was watching out for me and everyone else on the road that day," Meyer said.

He says he is thankful to be alive to tell the story, but is also warning drivers to reduce their speed and keep their distance during dangerous weather conditions.

"It can just happen in an instant and it can change your life, it can change everybody else's life involved," Meyer said. "A car can be replaced, but people can't."

Trooper Meyer and his wife are expecting their first child next April.

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