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12/26/2012 10:57:00 AM
DPS officer injured in collision on I-40
An Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) patrol car sits damaged on the side of I-40 near milepost 160 after a semi tractor-trailer rig lost control and hit the vehicle injuring officer Greg King. Submitted photo
An Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) patrol car sits damaged on the side of I-40 near milepost 160 after a semi tractor-trailer rig lost control and hit the vehicle injuring officer Greg King. Submitted photo
Marissa Freireich
Reporter

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - An Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer is in stable but serious condition after he was involved in an accident Dec. 19 while directing traffic on Interstate 40 (I-40) near Williams.

The officer, Greg King, was directing traffic at about 9:09 a.m. after an earlier collision on eastbound Interstate 40 near milepost 160. A semi tractor-trailer rig that could not slow down hit King's patrol car, and the patrol car then hit King, according to DPS spokesman Bart Graves.

"We believe the highway was icy and slippery at the time," Graves said, adding that they are investigating the incident.

King sustained head injuries and a number of broken bones. He was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center, Graves said.

DPS closed one lane of I-40 for about 3 1/2 hours.

Graves said he hopes King has a speedy recovery.

"Being a highway patrol officer is a dangerous work," he said. "This shows what we deal with on a regular basis."


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Article comment by: Brad and Missy Yount

Officer King, you are in our prayers. We wish you a speedy recovery.

The Yount Family


Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: Oliver Klausrehof

This ten-day old event is "news"? I read this already. Back when it happened. In that other paper. This is a non-story.

How about at least something recent, like the officer's condition? What happened to the semi-driver? Why traffic was backed up all the way into Flagstaff for nearly three hours?




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