A Wyoming State Trooper had stopped a pickup truck for speeding and was filling out paperwork when an eastbound commercial truck barely missed the parked patrol car and crashed into the stopped pickup truck.
The driver of the stopped pickup, 35-year-old Shiela Jasso, and her passenger, 27-year-old Raul Hernandez, both from Northglenn, Colorado, were not seriously injured. Shiela Jasso had minor injuries, was checked out by an ambulance crew on scene and required no further treatment.
The driver of the commercial truck, 52-year-old Brian Puffpaff, of Layton, Utah, was not injured. Puffpaff stated that he was reaching for a bottle of water when he struck the pickup.
Puffpaff was cited for failing to maintain a single lane and for not moving over for a parked emergency vehicle.
The incident reminds us all of the importance of merging away from stopped emergency vehicles on an interstate and slowing down on a two-lane highway.
Although it is not listed in the law, it is also common courtesy and common sense to apply these same rules when encountering a broken down motorist or anyone stopped on the side of the road.