I-71/75 Erlanger, Kentucky: FedEx jack Knives into Police Cruiser: as a police cruiser is checking the welfare of occupants of a vehicle that crashed into the median due to icy roads, a second vehicle slams into the cruiser and spins it around into the middle lane facing oncoming traffic. Soon thereafter you can see a FedEx tractor trailer jack knife into the police cruiser.
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On I-71/75 last night, the freezing rain and snow lent to a horrific scene straight out of a movie in which an out-of-control double tractor-trailer slammed into a helpless compact car.
The freezing conditions last night left more than 100,000 power customers without power, but it also created the kind of road conditions that led to the crash.
With the release of cruiser cam video today, one can now witness sheer terror through the cruiser cam of Erlanger police officer Bill Allen.
The events that led up to the disaster were small notes which led to the horrible crescendo.
"Both Officer Eagler and I noticed that the road was very slick," Officer Allen told 9News.
Just before the crash, Allen and probationary officer Doug Eagler had responded to the scene of a single car spinout.
"As we approached the vehicle, we both heard a noise -- turned around and looked -- and saw another vehicle strike the back end of our cruiser," said Allen.
The driver in that car was 20-year-old year Ashley Walker, whose bruises now show on her neck her seatbelt restraint.
"I seen the police cruiser and I tried to stop and get over, but I couldn't stop," Walker told 9News.
As her car struck the cruiser, the camera goes out.
Officer Allen's car is spinning in the meantime, and when the camera comes back on, it's pointing back towards oncoming traffic.
She tells 9News, this is when she says he saved her life.
"He's like -- get out get out a semi's coming a semi's coming!," said Walker. "He takes me out of the car and throws me into the snow and he throws himself on top of me."
Video also shows the car of Ronald Powell, who amazingly, has barely a scratch on him, despite being in the car the semi hit.
"The cop car started spinning in front of me and I'm coming up and I'm starting to slow down and then I see the Officer grab Ashley out of her car and dive him and himself against the guard rail," said Powell. "And then that's when I get smacked."
The driver of the double tractor-trailer says he tried to steer around, but couldn't.
The video shows the double-load tractor-trailer jack-knifing and slamming right into Powell's compact car.
When 9News asked Powell if he has seen the cruiser cam video of him getting hit, he responded, "Yes, and it just lets me know how truly the grace of God and the seatbelt, it saved my life."
Remarkably no one was seriously hurt as a result of the crash.
Officer Allen tells 9News he didn't have time to think, he just acted.
Ashley Walker says she will no longer take things for granted.
And, again, Ronald Powell believes he and his seatbelt had a little help from above. (more)
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