Breaking video from Dallas shows an incredible scene – a Dallas police officer patrol car in a creek after being struck in a hit-and-run and plunging 30 feet off of a bridge. Even more incredible is the response from everyday people who saw it happen.
About 2:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, an unidentified Dallas police officer was traveling on South Westmoreland Rd. when he was broadsided by a pickup truck. The impact sent the car over a bridge and plunged 30 feet into a creek bed below. The response by the citizens of Dallas, however, was inspiring.
People who saw the accident immediately came to assist the officer, climbing down into the creek and righting the car enough so that paramedics could extract him.
Reporter Larry Collins of NBC5 tweeted video, taken by a bystander, of people trying to help the fallen officer.
It should be noted that the incident happened in a neighborhood with a high minority population. The creek runs alongside an apartment complex that is the source of many crimes, and it is often patrolled by police. Many of the same minority residents of that apartment complex were among those who went into the creek and helped the officer.
The officer was driving in the 3100 block of South Westmoreland Road near West Kiest Boulevad about 2:15 p.m. when the pickup driver failed to yield and slammed into the officer’s vehicle, police said.
The impact sent the officer’s car airborne over an overpass and into a creek 30 feet below, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reports.
The officer, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized at Methodist Dallas Medical Center in critical condition but has been upgraded to stable condition, according to police.
A witness recorded footage of several people who jumped into the creek to try to push the police car back upright after the crash.
Here is video of people helping the police officer.
Witness Video: Dallas Police vehicle involved in crash goes into creek. Citizens try to help. pic.twitter.com/ruOBCEl02T
— Larry Collins (@LarryNBC5) May 29, 2017
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