Two MSHP Officers Involved In Semi-Truck Crash On I-70
Two officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MHSP) were injured Sunday following a traffic accident involving a tractor-trailer.
According to police, 50-year-old Michael Broniec and 31-year-old Derek Mason, both of the MHSP, were parked on the shoulder of Interstate Highway 70 (I-70), near I-270 Sunday morning, when a tractor-trailer driven by 47-year-old Matthew Smith of Gaffney, South Carolina, crashed into the back of one of the vehicles.
This caused a chain reaction that pushed the police vehicle into the side of the other police vehicle. The semi-truck then continued into a concrete median wall.
Injuries To Both MSHP Officers
Officers Derek Mason and Michael Broniec were transported to the local hospital where they suffered moderate and minor injuries, respectively. Matthew Smith was not injured.
The cause of the accident was cited as “inattentiveness,” but it was not clear if the driver was distracted by a device. Reports say that the officers’ lights were both activated at the time of the crash.
On-The-Job Accidents For Police and Truckers
What is particularly unique about this accident is that all three of the men involved were “at work” on the highway at the time of the crash. If you are injured on the job – whether it be at a warehouse, a construction site, or on a highway – it is important to get treatment for your injuries immediately, and contact a personal injury attorney as soon as practicable.
Like most personal injury attorneys, Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers offers free, no-obligation consultations. To speak with an attorney, call our office anytime at 314.444.4444.