Man hits state trooper vehicle

(Photo Source: New York State Police).

A man struck a New York State Trooper vehicle on Interstate 81 Sunday morning, according to a New York State Police release.

According to the release, NYS Trooper Matthew Young was out of his vehicle “removing debris that was obstructing traffic in the center lane.”

Shortly thereafter, Jonathan D. Bumpus, 37, who was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox on I-81 in the town of Cicero, failed to be aware of Young’s trooper patrol vehicle “with its lights activated” and struck the rear of the vehicle. Young was not injured in the crash.

(Photo Source: New York State Police).

According to the release, Bumpus is from Cortland. Bumpus was transported to Upstate University Hospital with minor injuries.

Bumpus was issued traffic tickets for speeding and failure to exercise due care when passing a stopped emergency vehicle. The Cicero Fire Department assisted NYSP at the crash scene.

NYSP is reminding motorists to obey the Slow Down, Move Over law. 

“When you see police vehicles, emergency vehicles, tow trucks, or any incident on the roadway, we ask that you slow down, and when it’s safe, move over to the other lane,” stated in the release. “These types of crashes are becoming more frequent and can be avoided if drivers slow down and move over to give us room to work safely.”