OMAHA, Nebraska -- A Nebraska State Patrol trooper was struck by a vehicle while assisting a motorist this week in Omaha.
The trooper responded to a vehicle parked on the shoulder at the junction of I-80 and I-680 around 11:30 p.m. Monday when a Chrysler Sebring lost control in the snowy conditions, according to a news release.
The trooper, who was outside his cruiser and assisting the driver of a Chevrolet Impala, was able to leap onto the hood of the Sebring to avoid being struck head-on. The Sebring also struck the Impala.
Immediately after the crash, the trooper returned to assist the driver of the Impala, who was then transported to Bergan Mercy Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The trooper completed his work on scene and was then transported by another trooper to Bergan Mercy, where he was treated for a minor leg injury.
"We are thankful our trooper was not seriously injured. This incident could have been much worse for all involved," Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol Colonel John Bolduc said in a statement. "As we move into the winter driving season, we urge drivers to be prepared for the conditions."