ETX police officer hit by car, injured when responding to I45 wreck

Huntsville Police Department
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 11:15am

An officer with the Huntsville Police Department was injured early Monday morning when his unit responded to a traffic accident on Interstate 45.

As of late Monday morning, Officer Chris Janis is in good condition and being treated at Huntsville Memorial Hospital.

“On Monday, November 25, at approximately 4:50 a.m., Huntsville Police Department Officers Chris Janis and Wade Roberts were dispatched to a traffic accident on Interstate 45 at the southbound 115 mile marker,” HPD Lt. Jim Barnes said. “When the officers arrived on the scene of the accident, Officer Janis proceeded to exit his patrol car and head toward the disabled vehicle, which had struck the guard rail in the center median. Another vehicle traveling southbound appears to have lost control on the wet roadway and struck the patrol car from behind. The patrol car lurched forward striking Officer Janis." Huntsville/Walker County EMS quickly responded to the scene and transported Officer Janis to Huntsville Memorial Hospital.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety responded and is investigating the accident.

“I want to thank the emergency medical personal for their quick response and attention to Officer Janis,” HPD Chief Kevin Lunsford said. “We are very grateful for their assistance and role in bringing a member of our departmental family out of harm’s way.”
 

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