Harrison County

3 police officers are stable after being hit by vehicle at I-10 wreck, Gulfport police say

Three Gulfport police officers were hit by a vehicle while responding to an Interstate 10 wreck on Wednesday morning.

They were working a single-vehicle crash on I-10 westbound near mile marker 36 around 8:40 a.m., according to a Gulfport Police Department press release.

That’s when a vehicle passing by hit a parked police motorcycle, sending the bike and debris toward three officers.

Officers Brian Woods, Benjamin Ford and Joshua Spengler were hit, but only two faced serious injuries, according to the release.

One was treated at the scene, and the other two were taken by ambulance to a hospital. The injured officers were alert and in stable condition Wednesday afternoon, the release said.

It’s unclear if officers made contact with the driver who hit the motorcycle.

Gulfport police wants to remind the public of the “Move Over Law,” Mississippi Code 63-3-809 that requires drivers move to the opposite lane when passing law enforcement officers as well as “tow truck, utility service, sanitation and highway maintenance vehicles.”

Woods and Ford work in the Operations Divisions and patrol the Orange Grove area. Woods has been with GPD for 9 years and Ford graduated less than a year ago from the Police Academy and Field Training Officer Program. Spengler works in the Traffic Division as a motorcycle officer, and he’s been with the department for five years.

Biloxi Police Department is investigating the crash. If you have any information, contact 228-435-6112.

Other agencies assisting today include the Gulfport Fire Department, AMR, Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Britneé Davis is McClatchy’s South Region Digital Producer. The south region includes the Sun Herald, the Telegraph, and the Ledger-Enquirer.
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