Gate City police officers escape roadside crash without injury thanks to quick reaction


GATE CITY, Va. (WJHL) — Two Gate City police officers are OK after a car crashed into a patrol car parked on the side of the road over the weekend.

The Gate City Police Department said officers Jessica McGraw and Matthew Stewart were investigating a crash Sunday evening on U.S. Highway 23 when the incident happened.

The officers were standing next to McGraw’s patrol car on the side of the road when a white car traveling in the opposite direction lost control, crossed the median, and hit the parked patrol car.

Video of the incident shows Stewart grabbing McGraw and pulling her out of the path of the spinning patrol car. According to the police department, McGraw then checked on the driver of the white car and called for rescue and fire units to respond to the scene.

The police department said the officers escaped without serious injury and both are expected to return to duty.

“It is my belief the quick actions of Officer Stewart not only saved himself from serious bodily injury or death but also that of Officer McGraw,” Cheif Justin Miller said in a release. “The only minor injury reported was from Officer Stewart who stated his leg ‘went numb like I had a bad charley horse.’ Upon review of the dash camera footage it appears the brush guard of Officer McGraw’s patrol vehicle brushed against Officer Stewart’s leg as he pushed McGraw out of the way.”

Virginia State Police investigated the crash involving the patrol car. The driver of the white car was issued a citation for failure to maintain control of their vehicle, according to the police department.

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