Video: Semi truck hits Ashwaubenon Public Safety squad car

    A semi truck crashed into an Ashwaubenon Public Safety squad at Ashland Avenue and Cormier Road in Ashwaubenon, February 11, 2019. (WLUK/Robert Hornacek)

    ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WLUK) -- No one was injured when a semi-truck driver slammed into an Ashwaubenon Public Safety vehicle at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

    The crash was captured on dash-camera video, because another officer was following behind the officer who was hit.

    Ashwaubenon Public Safety says the truck driver was trying to stop heading south at a red light on Ashland Avenue, but hit ice, sliding into the officer's SUV, which was turning from Cormier Road.

    “When you're looking at the video it does appear that the truck was moving quite fast,” said Capt. Jody Crocker of Ashwaubenon Public Safety. “The main thing there is the fact he had a red light. He should have been driving under the conditions where he'd be able to stop as that light was turning red.”

    The driver was cited for operating too fast for conditions.

    “There should be no reason any vehicle can't stop for a red light, can't slow down and yield at the yellow,” said Crocker.

    Truck driver Randy Layfield agrees.

    “If he didn't stop, he was going too fast,” said Layfield. “You can be going 10 miles per hour and be going too fast in a truck on ice.”

    Layfield is from Louisiana, but says he drives in bad conditions often.

    “You come up on a light and if it changes and you get on your brakes, you're not going to stop on ice,” said Layfield.

    Layfield says it feels like he speeds up when he hits his breaks on ice. That's why his first piece of advice for all drivers is to leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.

    “In talking about a car, you can stop a little quicker. If they're slowing down and then they stop and you're behind them, you can't stop on the ice,” said Layfield.

    The crash closed a section of Ashland Avenue for about 2 1/2 hours.

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