VIDEO: Tractor-Trailer Rear-Ends Patrol Car, New Jersey Officer Killed
A 32-year-old officer operating radar on a New Jersey street was killed early Thursday when a tractor-trailer ran off the road and rear-ended his unmarked police cruiser, officials say.
Waldwick police officer Christopher Goodell was sitting in an unmarked Chevrolet on the shoulder of Route 17 at Bergen Avenue at about 1:20 a.m. when his car was hit by the truck, which was headed south on Route 17 and had run off the road, Bergen County prosecutors told WNBC TV.
The impact sent the vehicles careening through a retaining wall and near a house. Goodell's car sustained heavy damage, and the tractor-trailer had some damage as well. Investigators are checking to see if the house was impacted.
Prosecutors say the truck driver called 911 after the crash.