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Sheriff’s deputy hurt in Oakland airport collision

OAKLAND — An Alameda County sheriff’s deputy was injured Wednesday morning when his parked SUV was hit by a speeding car at Oakland International Airport, authorities said.
The deputy’s canine was taken to a veterinarian as a precaution and was evaluated and released.
Alameda County sheriff’s deputies shared this image Wednesday, March 20, 2019 of a patrol SUV damaged in a collision in Oakland, Calif. (Courtesy Alameda County Sheriff’s Office) 
The collision happened about 7:30 a.m. on Ron Cowan Parkway, a short distance from the airport’s main terminals.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said the deputy and his canine were parked on the side of the road after the deputy had made a traffic stop of another vehicle involved in a speed-related collision.
The deputy and the canine were inside the SUV when it was hit from behind by a speeding vehicle, causing the airbags to deploy, leaving the deputy with burns and abrasions, Kelly said.
The deputy was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released. The car’s driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
“We got lucky today,” a tweet from the sheriff’s office Twitter account said Wednesday afternoon.
“State law requires drivers to slow down and vacate the lane closest to a stationary emergency response vehicle flashing emergency lights if safe to do so,” the tweet explained. “This includes tow trucks and Caltrans vehicles if displaying flashing amber warning lights.”

We got lucky today. State law requires drivers to slow down and vacate the lane closest to a stationary emergency response vehicle flashing emergency lights if safe to do so. This includes tow trucks and Caltrans vehicles if displaying flashing amber warning lights pic.twitter.com/jIxOa2xI3r
— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) March 20, 2019

 

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