Mar 18, 2014 7:53 PM by NBC News
(KWWL) The Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Iowa has now released a dash cam video from a driver barreling into a crash scene, nearly injuring officers involved in investigating a recent Interstate 80 crash.
The video shows officers talking with the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash and getting information while traffic is seen moving into the left lane and slowing down as Iowa law requires.
Out of nowhere, a vehicle careens on-screen, clipping the back of one vehicle and narrowly missing deputies. Immediately afterwards, the deputies ask if the vehicle's occupants are OK and move to check on the status of the vehicle that crashed into them.
"This is just a glaring example of how close we came to losing Trooper (Jesse) Hernandez, Deputy Hammes, along with Reserve Deputy Pearson ... all because a driver of a semi chose not to slow down when approaching a crash scene full of vehicles and emergency lights," said Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek.
Hernandez was taken to the hospital and released.
The semi driver who allegedly caused the vehicle's crash, Michael John Smith, 49, of Arlington, was cited with failure to maintain control.
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