VPD Officer Dale Rush Hospitalized in Car Crash on Highway 198
Visalia, CA (August 3, 2020) – On Monday morning, VPD Officer Dale Rush sustained injuries in an accident during a traffic stop on Highway 198.
The incident happened at 7:55 a.m., on August 3. VPD patrol officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle pulling a trailer at SR-198 at the Ben Maddox off-ramp following an investigation.
While the officers were on the traffic stop, a driver traveling westbound SR-198 in the number one lane was unable to stop for slow-moving traffic, and lost control of his vehicle.
The vehicle hit the guard rail and careened back across both westbound lanes.
The front of the vehicle then collided with the trailer and the trailer struck VPD officer Rush, resulting in moderate injuries. He was immediately transported to a local hospital and is now in stable condition.
Officer Dale Rush has 19 years of service and is assigned to the Patrol Division.
The Visalia Police Department would like to remind motorists, when driving on a freeway, to please slow down, drive with caution, and safely make a lane change when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway. California Vehicle Code Section 21809 (a).
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