A Richmond Hill Police Department patrol vehicle was hit during a traffic stop on southbound I-95 around 3 p.m. Saturday.
The incident occurred when an officer pulled over the driver of a Camaro near mile marker 86, according to Maj. Mike Albritton of the RHPD. A passing semi-truck suffered a blown front tire, sending it into the patrol car which was then forced into the Camaro. The semi ended up in the woods. The patrol car and Camaro were off of the shoulder on the right side of I-95.
Albritton said the officer was in the patrol vehicle writing the driver of the Camaro a ticket for speeding when he noticed the truck heading toward his vehicle in the mirror. The patrol vehicle was side-swiped by the truck and pushed into the Camaro, causing the Camaro to go airborne. Both occupants in the Camaro were taken to the hospital with what Albritton said were “non-life threatening injuries.”
Albritton said he took the officer to the hospital around 4 p.m. to be checked and was then cleared to return to duty.
“The officer didn’t have time to move, and if he would have the Camaro would have taken much more impact,” Albritton said.
The right lane of I-95 at the scene was closed for more than three hours. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating.