Patrol car nearly loses door during traffic stop

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS -- A routine traffic stop quickly became anything but routine Friday afternoon in Cottonwood Heights.

The officer was getting out of his car when a semi truck driver hit the officer's door, nearly taking it off the hinges. Luckily, the officer wasn't injured, but police say it's very important to always be aware when passing an officer.

Patrol car nearly loses door during traffic stop

"I'm not sure what the semi driver's intent was, or what he was doing at the time, but he didn't give any space to our police car," said Cottonwood Heights police Sgt. Gary Young.

Officers want to remind drivers that Utah law requires people to give plenty of room for emergency crews pulled off the side of the road and, where possible, switch lanes. Police will likely cite that semi driver.

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