CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer is being treated for non-life threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle Monday morning, according to officials.
CMPD said the officer was working an accident on I-77 north near John Belk Freeway when the officer was hit.
Heavy delays were reported in the area as a result of the accident.
In a similar accident back in 2003, a Charlotte paramedic was severely hurt, and that accident prompted changes in the law.
Tim Marshburn, an Operations Supervisor for MEDIC (Mecklenburg EMS) says, “Anytime I hear that (a wreck involving a first responder being hit), it brings those images back to my mind.”
Marshburn knows exactly what that type of emergency call is like. His friend and fellow paramedic, Tim Hayes was hit by a vehicle on I-77 in 2003.
Marshburn said Hayes had stopped to help at the scene of a wreck during a snowstorm. Marshburn explains, “An 18-wheeler came down and slid into the back of the vehicle behind our ambulance and pushed it into the ambulance, and Tim (Tim Hayes) was caught between the vehicle and the rear of the ambulance and thrown a distance away from the ambulance.”
Hayes lost both his legs in the accident. He now he has prosthetics. Hayes spoke with Fox 46 Charlotte two years ago about his road to recovery.
He said, “It (the accident) changed my life forever. The one thing I had to do is learn how to walk again.”
Every newly-hired paramedic in Mecklenburg County hears Tim's story. But MEDIC wants drivers to know it too, so that they will slow down and move over when they see emergency lights.
It's called the Move Over Law. Hayes' accident brought about tougher penalties for drivers who violate the law.
Marshburn said, “One of the most perilous things we go out on is a vehicle accident on the highway. We're more likely to get injured or potentially killed on those scenes than probably any other scene we respond to.”