“Move over for stopped emergency vehicles,” reads a sign on Route 13. But a dashcam mounted on Lt. Nelson Whitney’s Falls Township Police vehicle shows one van did not move over.
“I just got struck from the rear,” Whitney told dispatch Friday morning.
The lieutenant had just pulled a Volvo to the side of the road for a traffic violation. Both vehicles were sitting down the road from the Route 1 north on-ramp to Route 13 south.
With people frequently ignoring the posted stop sign, this area is notorious for violations. The Falls Township Police Department specifically targeted this on-ramp for enforcement earlier this year.
Whitney was sitting in his vehicle at the time a van careened into it.
The collision scattered pieces of both vehicles throughout the roadway. A huge gash in the side of Whitney’s vehicle is a sign of what could have happened if the officer were not inside his SUV. The other vehicle was totaled.
Fortunately, no one was one injured. Video of the incident is below.
There were no injuries to Lt. Whitney, the stopped motorist or the operator of striking vehicle. Please be mindful and pull over, it's the law. pic.twitter.com/7on7duQZHc
— Falls Township Polic (@FallsTwpPolice) August 16, 2019