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Four First Responders Struck By Suspected DUI Driver While Investigating A Single Vehicle Crash On I-76

Seriously folks, we drivers have got to shape up. Stop drinking and driving. Stop driving inattentively. Stop speeding by accident scenes and slow down to let the First Responders do their jobs.

The Colorado State Patrol is sharing another traffic mishap that didn’t have to happen. On Thursday, December 7 at approximately 9:10 p.m., Commerce City Police and South Adams County Fire personnel were investigating a crash on westbound I-76, MP 13, when a Toyota Tacoma drove into the scene, striking four of the first responders.

One of two Colorado State Patrol vehicles hit by motorists in the past few months. The trooper was assisting a motorist in trouble on the highway. Image courtesy of the CSP.

Emergency personnel, all pedestrians, were working on a one-vehicle crash.  A fire truck was blocking the number one and two lanes for traffic control purposes, allowing traffic to pass westbound on the right shoulder.

Four first responders were in the roadway near a Commerce City patrol car which was parked in the number two westbound lane.

The Tacoma was westbound on Interstate 76 in the left lane and drove on the left shoulder, around the firetruck, and entered the roadway, colliding with the four first responders.  The truck continued westbound and came to rest on the left shoulder.

Drivers, we have enough during winter with ice and snow, and deer and elk crossing the roadways, to make it worse by being reckless ourselves. In this case, all four first responders were transported to local hospitals. Two Commerce City Police Officers and one South Adams County firefighter sustained minor injuries.  Another firefighter sustained serious bodily injury.

The driver of the truck that hit them is being investigated for being under the influence and was booked into the Adams County jail on charges.

During a press briefing on Friday afternoon, representatives from the Commerce City Police Department, and South Adams County Fire Department, joined the Colorado State Patrol in telling the public, “This has got to stop. First Responders shouldn’t have to worry about being killed just trying to help motorists.”