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Near accident for state trooper caught on film


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WSAU) - A close call for a state trooper reminds drivers to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles.

In a video released today by the State Patrol, Trooper Charles Hotvedt narrowly escaped being hit by a passing semi truck while he was conducting a routine traffic stop on I-94 in Eau Claire County. The dashcam video shows Hotvedt on the right side of the stopped vehicle on the shoulder as a semi truck passes by, nearly hitting both his squad car and the stopped vehicle.

State Patrol captain Jeffrey Frenette says there's no doubt that if Hotvedt had been on the diver side of the vehicle, he would have been struck and killed. "The semi driver eventually was stopped and issued multiple citations. The driver also was fatigued, which was a factor in the incident."

Wisconsin's Move Over law requires drivers to slow down and give police and emergency crews room while they're working on the side of the road. Failure of motorists to create a safety zone by moving over or slowing down is one of the major reasons that motor vehicle crashes kill more law enforcement officers on duty than any other cause, according to Captain Frenette. Ten officers