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Officers Hit During Sunday Storm
CORALVILLE, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Two officers were hit in two separate accidents during Sunday's snow storm; one, an Iowa State Police Officer on I-80 in Iowa county, and the other, a Coralville Police officer on I-80 near the 1st Avenue exit.
Law enforcement officials say the accidents are happening more frequently every year.
Coralville Police officer Michael Wright was trying to block off the west bound exit at 1st Avenue after some cars had spun out at the top of the ramp just after 1:15 p.m. on Sunday when a white Jeep hit several cars and skidded off the road.
The driver of the Jeep then pulled around to the exit ramp, whereWright tried to block the vehicle from on-coming traffic. That's when a semi crossed out of its lane and hit the officer's patrol car, as he was trying to get in on the other side.
Luckily, Wright was not pinned between his patrol car and the Jeep, and was released from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Monday without serious injuries.
"But it's a good lesson, and thankfully, one that didn't have a serious outcome," said Coralville Police Chief Barry Bedford.
Iowa State Police trooper Darin Snedden said he's seeing officers get struck during accidents more and more frequently every year.
"You're always looking over your shoulder, listening for the tires skidding on the ice, watching the people around you, if their eyes all of the sudden glance up, you know there might be something coming your way," Snedden said.
Remember the law, Snedden said: if an officer is pulled over, give him an extra lane of space.
"People just need to make sure that they slow down, that they allow more distance between the vehicles that are in front of them or even pay attention to the vehicles behind them, and just really, the key is just slowing down," he said.