Police Release Dash Cam Video of Ohio Trooper Plowing Into Big Rig
Columbus, OH — The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) has released dash cam video from a crash last week involving a trooper and a big rig.
The incident occurred around 3:13 a.m. on Wednesday morning in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 east of downtown Columbus, near mile marker 101.
OSHP Trooper Jarid Fitzpatrick, 25, was operating an official patrol vehicle when he struck the rear of a 2020 Freightliner tractor-trailer, operated by 58-year-old Thomas Ervin, of Heath, OH.
The patrol car was outfitted with a dash cam, with the computer located in the trunk.
WATCH the video below.
Photos from the aftermath show Fitzpatrick’s vehicle completely mangled and partially underneath a 53′ Stoughton trailer.
A trooper with Ohio State Highway Patrol is hospitalized after a serious crash on I-70 West.
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Fitzpatrick was able to radio in the accident right after it occurred and was conscious as crews worked to extricate him from the patrol car, officials stated.
He suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries, while Ervin was uninjured.
OSHP said Fitzpatrick was not on call at the time of the accident and an investigation remains ongoing.