A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was killed Friday when he was struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle as he supervised the cleanup of an earlier traffic accident.
The trooper, whose name was not released pending notification of next of kin, was working on the Sawgrass Mills Expressway in Broward County when he was killed, said Pembrook Burrows, a Highway Patrol spokesman.
A Ford Bronco ran into two cars that were trying to get by the trooper's stationary car. The Bronco flipped over and struck the trooper before landing upside down, Burrows said.
"All of a sudden, I felt this jolt," said Carlos Calderon, who was in one of the cars. "I felt we were going to get hit. Next thing I see through my rearview mirror, I see this Bronco flying through the air. I saw the trooper . . . was just lying there. The truck just took him away."
Troopers who converged on the scene were in shock.
"Troopers you see standing around are just lost because they just lost a comrade," said Lt. Jerry Donaldson. "It is an extremely, extremely difficult time."
The 11-year Highway Patrol veteran was pronounced dead at the Broward Medical Center. The Bronco's driver also was taken to a hospital. The driver's identity was not released.