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Deputy Hurt in White-Out Crash

January 12, 2017 07:49 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- A Mower County Sheriff’s Deputy is on the mend after being involved in a traffic crash in the middle of a snowstorm.

“When we tell people travel is not advised, we mean it," said Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi.

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That was the advice Tuesday afternoon on a notorious stretch of I-90.

"White-out conditions near Dexter, which is a typically bad area anywhere on the interstate," Sheriff Terese Amazi said.

"It terrified us when it was blowing and you couldn't see where the road was at all," said Deborah Farrell, who lives in Arkansas. She pulled off the interstate at the height of the storm.

But not everyone was heeding the sheriff’s advice.

"We had several reports of cars in the ditch and semis jackknifed and such, so all deputies basically responded to that area," Sheriff Terese Amazi said.

One of them was Mower County Sheriff's Deputy James Lamecker.

He was in his department SUV, parked on the side of the interstate, funneling traffic from two lanes into one.

"Cars would move over into the left lane, but then they'd move back into the right lane.  So he moved up further into the white-out conditions, was not seen and was actually hit from behind by a semi going about 35 miles an hour," Sheriff Terese Amazi explained.

The impact spun the SUV all the way around ... but it stayed the roadway.

Lamecker was taken to the hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

"He actually had his seat belt on, which definitely saved some injury as well," Amazi said.

His car was totaled, but Deputy James Lamecker is expected to be back at work early next week.


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