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Video Shows Car Nearly Striking State Trooper in Mass. Tunnel

(Image Courtesy: YouTube / Mass. State Police)

(Image Courtesy: YouTube / Mass. State Police)

BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — State Police are reminding motorists to slow down in construction zones, after video captures a car nearly striking a trooper in a state tunnel.

State Police say that Trooper Jay Clement was parked in the O’Neil Tunnel in Boston as part of a construction detail. They add that both left lanes were closed to traffic, and cones and illuminated signs were in the area, informing motorists to the closure.

The lane closure began about one mile before the beginning of the tunnel, and ended until tunnel ended at the Zakim Bridge, according to the department.

Video from a camera in the tunnel shows a small car suddenly come up upon Clement’s cruiser on the right at what State Police describe as “a high rate of speed” – missing the cruiser “by only inches” – and continues down the tunnel.

Clement then proceeds after the car and pulls over the driver. State Police say that the driver “was not impaired.”

State Police explain, “This video shows why it is so important to slow down in construction zones, and pay attention to the road construction signs. This incident was only inches from being something far worse.”

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