UPDATE: The Dade County Deputy taken to the hospital after an accident involving four vehicles on Tuesday afternoon was Sergeant Jeff Hartline. He was released after midnight and will be out for a few days recovering before he can return to work, according to Sheriff Ray Cross. Cross updated Dade County residents regarding the accident through KWN tv and radio on Wednesday morning. Four other people were also transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Dade County Sheriff’s Office had two patrol cars involved in a 4-car accident on I-24 West late Tuesday afternoon.
A press release from Dade Sheriff Public Information Officer Chad Payne reads,
“Today, at approximately 4:00 pm, Dade County Deputies were dispatched to Interstate 24 West, to assist a motorist who had 2 flat tires.
While the 2 Deputies were assisting the motorist, a vehicle struck a tractor-trailer, which caused the vehicle to lose control, striking the first patrol car, and then come to rest after striking the 2nd patrol car.
One deputy was sitting in his car, and one deputy was outside her car, when the two vehicles were struck.
One deputy, and three other subjects, were transported to the hospital via ground ambulance, with non-life-threatening injuries.
This is a sobering reminder, of just how dangerous this job can be.
As always, we beg you to PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND/OR MOVE OVER.
This is our 3rd patrol vehicle to be hit on the interstate, in less than a month.”