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Two hurt, including OSHP Trooper, in I-70 collision

An Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) trooper and a female motorist were injured in a serious rear-end collision Tuesday morning in Licking County.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper and a female motorist were injured in a crash involving a semi-tractor trailer and an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser Tuesday morning in Licking County.

According to OSHP, Trooper Rodney Hart was investigating a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 eastbound at the 136 mile marker.

The vehicle, driven by 23-year-old Shanice Parker, was disabled in the right lane of I-70.

While Trooper Hart was interviewing Parker in his cruiser, it was struck in the rear by a semi.

The semi, driven by 36-year-olf Eric Miller of South Dakota, had driven through a safety zone of flares set in the road before striking the cruiser according to OSHP.

The semi then continued off the road, where it hit several trees and jack-knifed.

At the time of the collision, Parker was seated in the backseat of the cruiser for safety. She was taken by medical helicopter to OSU Medical Center where she was listed in stable condition.

Trooper Hart was taken to Licking Memorial Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Miller was treated at the scene.

Miller has been charged with failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead, failure to change lanes for a stationary public safety vehicle and driving a commercial vehicle with impaired alertness.

The crash remains under investigation.

OSHP reminds drivers to move over or slow down if there is an emergency vehicle on the side of the roadway.

A photo from the scene appears to show the rear of the cruiser destroyed and debris littering I-70 following the accident.

 

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The crash hits home for Fairfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Lyle Campbell.

He responded to a nighttime crash at US 33 and Pickerington Road on November 23, 2015. He says a driver didn't see him and ran him over.

“I'm lucky to be alive,” he said.

He says the crash, left him with a broken leg, concussion, and broken ribs.

“I can't drive yet, I can't pick up my oldest son to school,” he said.

The person he was trying to help was killed.

Campbell said the crash should be reminder to all drivers that when you see flashing lights: slow down and if you can move over to the next lane.

He says no matter day or night, it's dangerous for emergency responders working along the roadway, even if they use road flares and flashing lights.

“The lights don't project like they do at night. You may not know that you're coming up on an officer or a tow truck until it's too late,” he said.

Tuesday also marks the nationwide “Don’t Be That Driver” campaign urging people to slow down in work zones.