2 officers, 5 others injured after being struck by car on I-64 near Boyle
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - Two St. Louis City police officers are in critical condition after being struck by a car on Interstate 64 at Boyle Monday night.
The accident happened just before 7:00 p.m. in the westbound lanes near the Newstead overpass. Police said officers were outside their marked police SUV in the lane to assist a stalled GMC Acadia. Although the vehicle had their emergency lights on, it was hit by a Lexus ES 350.
The impact caused the Lexus to slide into the median and crash into the Acadia and the two officers.
Two women and three men who were in the SUV were also hit. All seven victims were critically injured and taken to the hospital.
One of the officers is a 44-year-old man with 5.5 years of law enforcement service while the other officer is a 24-year-old man with two months of experience.
“For us, we’re cognizant of that every day for the general public they maybe don’t think about it so much until it happens,” said Jeff Roorda with the St. Louis Police Officers Association. “These officers--they all hate being out on the highway. I was a cop. You just hate being out on their highway with these cars buzzing by at high speeds.”
“Here in the St. Louis region, we’re seeing multiple lanes of traffic a higher volume of traffic than in a lot of our rural areas,” said Cpl. Dallas Thompson with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “So, we a higher number of those types of crashes here in the St. Louis region.”
St. Louis Metropolitan Police report that 18 pedestrians have been hit on highways in city limits since October 2019. This doesn’t include the officers and pedestrians hit Monday night.
MSHP reports more than 60 MoDot workers were struck on roads in 2021 while working. Thirty-three happened in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
The 21-year-old driver of the Lexus is cooperating with police.
Authorities are reminding drivers about Missouri’s Move Over Law requiring drivers to slow down and give emergency vehicles space. If anyone who violates this law can up to a year in prison and or a $2,000 fine.
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