Arrest Made After Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Trooper Crash
Police and state troopers face dangers on a daily basis. Just this week, a driver was charged over a Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel trooper crash.
Later on the same day, a Virginia Beach police officer was involved in a wreck.
A report on WAVY.com noted a Virginia State Police trooper was injured in a crash Thursday morning on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
Virginia State Police reported the trooper was traveling south on the bridge-tunnel toward Norfolk when the crash happened, just after 7:30 a.m.
An initial police investigation found the trooper was emerging from the second tunnel when a construction vehicle pulled out in front of him into his lane, leaving him nowhere to go.
The trooper struck the rear of the construction vehicle. Images released by state police showed extensive damage to the trooper’s patrol car. He was transported to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, according to state police. His injuries are non-life-threatening.
Police later charged the driver of the construction vehicle from Virginia Beach with failure to yield right of way.
Later Thursday, a Virginia Beach police officer was involved in a crash in the city.
Police say the crash was reported at 7:29 p.m. close to the intersection at the 4500 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard. The police officer was responding to a call for service.
He was trying to navigate through busy traffic when his patrol vehicle struck another vehicle, reported WAVY.
Police said no injuries were reported. The officer had his lights and sirens on at the time of the accident.
Police officers and troopers are frequently involved in crashes. Every year more than 100 people lose their lives in wrecks involving emergency vehicles like fire trucks, ambulances and police cars, according to the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In some cases police, officers or troopers end up hurt and even killed. For instance, in 2014, a six-vehicle accident on I-264 in Norfolk led to the hospitalization of a Virginia State Police trooper.
If you approach an emergency vehicle, follow Virginia’s ‘move over’ law and move a lane over or slow down.
If you suffered an injury on the highways of Virginia, please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.