Police: Trooper, passenger in disabled car hurt when tractor trailer fails to 'move over'

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New York State Police are once again issuing a warning for drivers to “move over” after a tractor trailer hit a patrol car that was pulled over on the side of the road in Ulster County.

Police say Trooper Thomas P. Hanigan was helping a driver with a disabled car around 3 p.m. Wednesday. He was sitting in car when he was hit by a tractor trailer on I-87 northbound in the city of Kingston, which is north of Poughkeepsie.

Police say Michael Audit, 54, of Napierville, Quebec, continued driving after hitting the cruiser and then hit the driver’s side of the disabled vehicle, a 2003 Chevy Tahoe, while both occupants were attempting to change a tire.

According to investigators, the truck pushed the SUV into the passenger of the Tahoe, Juana Herrera, 46, of Albany, which pushed her into the guard rail. Police say the driver, Alejandro Espinosa, 56, also from Albany, was able to jump over the guard rail and was not hurt.

Both Herrera and Trooper Hanigan, a 19-year veteran assigned to SP Kingston, were transported to Kingston Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, treated and released.

Audit was not hurt and state police ticketed him for Moving from Lane Unsafely and violating the Move Over Law.

New York’s “Move Over” Law requires cars to move over, if they can safely do so, for police, firefighters, ambulance workers, tow-truck drivers, and other personnel as they work at crash scenes. Drivers are similarly required to move when construction and maintenance vehicles are stopped alongside roads.

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