CHP officer pulls 'distraught' teen back from overcrossing
A California Highway Patrol officer pulled a "distraught" 14-year-old girl back from an over crossing over Highway 58 on Friday after it appeared she was going to jump. Officer Marshall Miller, among several officers called to the scene at 12:05 p.m., saw the teen standing outside the railing of the Fairfax Road over crossing, looking down at the traffic below, officers said. At 12:26 p.m., after several minutes of talking with the teen and watching her rock forward and peer down at the traffic lanes, Miller saw an opening, officers said. He quickly lunged toward her, wrapped his arms around her and pulled her back over the railing. The teen was released to the Kern County Mental Health Evaluation Team for treatment.
Perfect timing: beer truck crash caught on cam
A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper’s dashcam captured an amazing coincidence of timing during a recent crash. Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Smaka had pulled over a driver for speeding. “You guys have anything to drink tonight?” Smaka asks the driver. As the driver answers, squealing brakes can be heard. Trooper Smaka and the driver are then pelted with beer bottles and cans. “Well, over 1,000 pounds of beer shattering and a tidal wave of beer coming at me,” Smaka says. A truck driver had lost control of his beer rig, spilling his load.
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Crash pushed state police car into troopers conducting traffic stop
A dump truck struck a New Jersey State Police car on Interstate 80, pushing it into a traffic stop and injuring two troopers and a third driver. The cause of the Thursday afternoon crash that tied up westbound traffic for hours in Warren County is still under investigation, state police announced on social media late Friday morning. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. State police said the first trooper stopped a Honda Accord and was speaking to the driver outside the car at mile marker 5.3, about a mile east of the exit for Routes 94 and 46 in Knowlton Township and five miles from the Pennsylvania border at the Delaware Water Gap. Another trooper was en route when their Chevrolet Caprice was struck in the rear by a Mack truck, pushing the police car onto the right shoulder and into the Accord, which in turn was pushed forward into the first trooper and the Accord's driver, state police said. The troopers and the Accord's driver were flown to Morristown Memorial Hospital. The truck's driver was not hurt, authorities said. The highway was closed and detoured during the evening rush hour during the initial investigation. Some readers reported being stuck in standstill traffic for two hours or more.