“Fatigued” Fed Ex Truck Driver Placed Out Of Service After Plowing Into Police Officer
Pottawattamie County, Iowa – A truck driver sideswiped a police cruiser before striking a Pottawattamie County deputy along the side of Interstate 29 in the early morning hours on Saturday.
According to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Adam Fields was conducting a traffic stop Saturday morning at approximately 4 a.m. along Interstate 29 at mile marker 44 just south of Council Bluffs. As the officer was standing at the driver’s side window of the vehicle he had stopped, his police cruiser was sideswiped by a Fed Ex semi-truck.
The big rig then struck Deputy Fields before swerving into the median, crashing through the cable safety barrier, and eventually crossing the southbound lanes of I-29 and coming to rest in a ditch to the west. Deputy Fields called for emergency response crews.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol (ISP) and the Council Bluffs Police Department all responded to the crash. Deputy Fields was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a leg injury, according to authorities.
The truck driver was cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle and placed out of service due to fatigue according to ISP. He was uninjured in the crash.
The driver of the 4-wheeler Deputy Fields originally stopped was uninjured, along with the passengers, according to ISP. However, the driver was arrested for driving under the influence.
Officials said the police cruiser was a total loss.