BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A driver from Bridgeport learned the hard way the worst that can happen when you fail to obey the flashing arrow on the back of a DOT truck signaling you to move over a lane.
The 24-year-old man — who was driving on a suspended driver's license — slammed into the back of a DOT "crash truck," which was working at a construction zone on I-95 in Milford on Wednesday morning, Connecticut State Police said.
The truck's rear sign board arrow was pointing right, indicating that the left lane was closed when the accident occurred at 10:51 a.m., causing large traffic tie-ups in the area.
State police said this demonstrates the importance of the “Move Over” law.
Daquan Morris of 1874 Stratford Ave., Bridgeport, who was driving a Nissan Maxima, was charged with operating with a suspended license, failure to move over and reckless driving. He is scheduled to appear in Milford Superior Court on Nov. 17.
The DOT crash truck was stopped in the left lane on I-95 southbound just north of Exit 34 in Milford, state police said. That was a construction zone with the left lane closed. The truck's rear sign board arrow was activated, directing traffic to the right lane, according to state police.
Morris was traveling in the left lane and attempted to change lanes, but he struck the rear of the crash truck, state police said.
Both vehicles sustained moderate damage, police said. The occupants of the Maxima were transported to Bridgeport Hospital with minor injuries.
State police remind drivers of the law: When drivers on a highway approach one or more stopped emergency vehicles, (including tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles) located on the shoulder, lane or breakdown lane of such highway, they should immediately reduce speed to a reasonable level below the posted speed limit. Also, if traveling in the lane adjacent to the shoulder, lane or breakdown lane containing such emergency vehicle, move over one lane, unless such movement would be unreasonable or unsafe.