WATCH: Officer escapes injury when truck slams into cruiser

HUDSON, WI (KARE) — A Wisconsin police officer’s dashcam shows a very close call that was completely avoidable.

Authorities say a pickup truck plowed into the back of a Hudson Police squad at highway speeds while it was on the side of the road. Luckily, the police officer was not in the vehicle at the time of impact.

Police officer Hilary Lundberg was assisting a driver with a flat tire on the I-94 bridge Monday morning when the accident occurred. The squad was parked in the left lane when the pickup slammed into the back.

Courtesy: Hudson WI Police Department
Courtesy: Hudson WI Police Department

Lundberg’s dashcam video shows her backing away from her squad car, moments before the impact. The Ford Taurus squad flies past her at a high rate of speed, striking a concrete bridge railing just feet from the officer. The squad car then slides across four lanes of traffic before striking another concrete railing on the other side of the bridge.

“She looks up and sees the car coming and she’s got basically no place to go because there’s a gap between the two bridges. So if she were to jump over the ledge, there’s a chance she would fall into the river,” said Marty Jensen, Hudson Police Chief. “I was just thankful my officer is alive and not injured.”

The 31-year-old driving the pickup sustained “non-life threatening injuries.” The State Patrol is still investigating the crash.

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