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Dash cam video shows state trooper nearly hit by semi


SHEBOYGAN COUNTY (WKOW) -- Wisconsin State Patrol officials are reminding drivers to be extra careful after a close call for a trooper.

On July 19, State Patrol Trooper Jim Reese had pulled a car over on I-43. As he was walking back to his squad car, a semi flew by him and hit the side of his car.

The crash was captured on Reese's dash cam video and shows the damage and how close he came to being hit. 

State Patrol officials say drivers must move over or slow down when law enforcement or other emergency vehicles are pulled over on the side of the road. Wisconsin's Move Over Law requires drivers to shift lanes or slow down when an emergency vehicle's warning lights are flashing.

"To create a safety zone on interstate highways and other divided roads with multiple directional lanes, you must move over to vacate the lane closest to the law enforcement or other emergency vehicle if you can safely switch lanes," says Capt. Nick Scorcio, commander of the Northeast Region. "If the road has a single directional lane or you can't safely move over because of traffic, you must reduce your speed until safely past the vehicle."
Scorcio says law enforcement officers are killed in car crashes while on duty most often when a driver fails to move over or slow down.
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