CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A Custer County deputy's close call Tuesday night is a sobering reminder of why drivers must slow down for emergency vehicles.
The deputy was on a traffic stop when a large pickup plowed into his cruiser.
"Fortunately, this deputy was in his vehicle, and it saved his life," the Custer County Sheriff's Office wrote in a Facebook post. "The deputy escaped with minor injuries and a very close call."
Colorado has had its share of tragedy due to drivers failing to move over for emergency vehicles or, if moving over isn't possible, slowing down. Most recently, a trooper was killed during the March 13 blizzard while assisting a stranded motorist. Similar tragedies have occurred over and over in recent years, along with many more razor-thin escapes by law enforcement involved in these crashes.
"Please slow down for emergency responders," wrote the Custer County Sheriff's Office. "They are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, moms and dads. They are people who go into harm's way and only ask that you avoid putting them at additional risk. Your help is greatly appreciated."