Deputy escapes injury after being rear-ended near Verona

DANE COUNTY (WKOW) — A Dane County Sheriff’s Office deputy was rear-ended Tuesday evening while responding to a vehicle that had slid into a ditch, prompting the sheriff’s office to remind motorists about Wisconsin’s move-over law.

The deputy was providing coverage about 7:00 p.m. Tuesday for a vehicle that had slid in the ditch on US Highway 151 in the town of Verona, when he was rear ended by another vehicle.The deputy did not appear to be injured, but was evaluated at a local hospital as a precaution.

The driver of the at-fault vehicle was cited, according to a Dane County Sheriff’s Office news release.Just a few minutes later, a Dane County plow driver reported a hit and run after a blue jeep crashed into the wing of the snow plow on Highway 151 at County Highway F in the village of Blue Mounds.There were no injuries reported.

Wisconsin’s Move Over Law was put in place to protect first responders.Drivers must provide a safety zone for stopped law enforcement, emergency and maintenance vehicles.Failure of motorists to move over is one of the reasons for many law enforcement officers being killed in motor vehicle crashes every year.

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