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DEPUTY INJURED AFTER 18-WHEELER STRIKES PATROL CAR

Just after 3:00 a.m. this morning a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a driver for DWI on I45 northbound , just north of League Line Road. Due to them being stopped in a moving lane of traffic a second unit stopped by to assist him. The area they were stopped was within the construction area and had no shoulders.

The first deputy transported his prisoner while Deputy Underwood remained on the scene waiting for a wrecker for the prisoners vehicle. An 18-wheeler northbound was in the right lane and when he saw the patrol car moved to the left lane. A second 18-wheeler behind him did not see the patrol car until the first truck moved out from in front of him changing lanes. Unable to move the the left fast enough the trucks rear axle struck the patrol car causing extensive damage. Deputy Underwood who was sitting inside suffered minor injuries in addition to possible neck and back injuries. Underwood was transported to Conroe Regional Hospital in stable condition.

The truck continued down the freeway approximately one-hundred yards where his second trailer flipped on it’s side. Currently as of 5:30am the freeway remains closed as heavy duty wreckers attempt to move the 18-wheeler.

Conroe Police are working the accident. The driver was given a field sobriety test in which he was not deemed impaired.

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  1. rickotr

    Being a truck driver myself, I would like to add that what the officer did in this situation should be deemed unsafe practice. You don’t pull over a vehicle,on an interstate,in a construction zone,with no shoulders and not have some kind of backup or notification prior to the scene of where this other vehicle was pulled over. They stated there was another officer on site. That officer along with several others should have been down the road at least one mile detouring traffic out of the lane that the officer had the car pulled over in.I happen to know this area of construction very well (as the officer should have)as I travel it frequently in a semi. If he had gone another couple of hundred yards he would have had a shoulder to pull the vehicle over in a much safer haven. As far as I am concerned it’s the officers fault,period. They do it all the time. And there is also another officer in that area that pulls vehicles over in the left lane, yet another idiot,unsafe move. I would also like to add that I am grateful that no one was seriously injured or killed in this senseless unsafe practice.

  2. luckylittleguy

    I’d just like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support. I can’t put into words how much it means to me that my family and I have such a wonderful extended family to lean on in times of need. I’m doing well and cannot overstate the healing effect of the wonderful prayers and support (chocolate especially). Concerning those writing less than supportive comments about my situation, please respect their opinions and their right to have them as it is something I’ve worked hard in my life to protect, and God bless you all…thank you.

  3. DW1957

    Oh my gosh…I truly home Dep. Underwood is doing well. This could have been such a tragedy. Traffic stops are some of the most dangerous, altho’ considered routine, of law enforcement activities. This goes to show…Nothing is ever ROUTINE!

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