A Decatur police officer was lucky to survive what could’ve easily been a fatal accident after an 18-wheeler truck slammed into his parked patrol SUV. According to the Decatur Police Department, Officer Matthew Roberts was parked on the shoulder of Highway 287 at around 11:30 in the evening. While preparing to conduct his usual traffic stops, an out of control 18-wheeler veered off the road and hit him.

Photographs of the collision’s aftermath show Officer Roberts’ patrol car reduced to a mangled upside down wreck, leaning against a utility pole. The police officer was quickly transported via helicopter to a nearby hospital, where he is recovering from his injuries. Investigators identified the 18-wheeler driver as Christopher Toussaint. He was reported driving while intoxicated at the time of the accident, and was subsequently taken to the Wise County jail.

Accidents like this are unfortunately common all over the country. If you or a loved one were involved in a truck accident that you didn’t cause, talk to a truck accident attorney to learn about your rights. Contact Barrus Injury Lawyers today to learn more about our legal services.