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Sheriff urges drivers to "move over" for emergency vehicles after almost being hit

Hutchinson County Sheriff Kirk Coker is urging drivers to be aware of emergency vehicles after almost being struck twice while trying to remove debris from the roadway. (File photo)

Hutchinson County Sheriff Kirk Coker is urging drivers to be aware of emergency vehicles after almost being struck twice while trying to remove debris from the roadway.

According to a post on 'The Juicy of Fritch' Facebook page, Coker said on his way to work at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, he stopped for a truck on the side of the highway. The driver told the Sheriff they had hit something and popped a tire. When Coker went to investigate, he said he found a lot of metal shards in the road.

Coker said he tried clearing the road and since it was still dark outside, he parked his vehicle in the highway with his emergency lights on.

"I had people driving 70+ mph in a 60 mph zone," Coker's post states. "I almost got hit twice. I am out there in the highway trying to help you."

Coker said he called for help because there were too many people driving in a hurry. He urges drivers to "please wait" when they see emergency vehicles in the road and said they are trying to help others when they are there.

"I promise it is not to be an inconvenience or harass you," Coker's post states.

Coker says if people slow down and move over, everyone can get home safely at the end of the day.




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