Semi-truck driver hurt in collision with deputy

FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A semi-truck driver suffered serious injuries after he hit a sheriff's deputy's SUV Thursday morning.

The SUV in turn hit another patrol car, leaving both vehicles banged up but no one else hurt.

The domino collision happened at Highway 50 and Highway 67, which State Patrol is reporting is extremely icy. The deputies had been at the scene assisting State Patrol with an earlier crash.

"Our partners with the Fremont County Sheriff's Office and Florence Police Department came out to help while a trooper was en route," said Capt. Lloyd Smith with Colorado State Patrol. "While they were attending the scene with their emergency lights on, an out of control commercial vehicle came flying through the crash scene and crashed into the Fremont County Tahoe and pushed it into the Fremont County Charger."

Smith reminded the public to slow down and use caution when passing law enforcement. State Patrol has suffered the loss of several troopers in recent years due to carelessness on the road, including Trooper Cody Donahue the day after Thanksgiving.

"As soon as motorists see [emergency lights] they need to slow down, because there is some kind of emergency in the road, and move one lane over so we have a buffer lane. The truck driver could have been even more seriously hurt or killed, and police officers and deputies, if they would have been in their vehicles, I hate to think what could have happened to them.

"Unfortunately, this happens way too often ... a vehicle is carelessly driving through an emergency scene, and then people are injured and their lives are put in danger and the trooper is out here trying to do a job."