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Shocking video shows deputy feet from being hit

JEFFERSON, Wis. (CBS 58) – Video captured by a deputy’s squad car shows him inches from being hit while assisting a motorist on the side of the road.

The video is serving as a reminder to drivers to be cautions out on the roads during the winter months and to be aware of your surroundings.

“I heard a loud whooshing sound,” explained Deputy Peter Betanski. “I look to my right and saw a set of headlights speeding towards me.”

Betanski’s squad car captured the terrifying moment when a car left the road.

“It missed me by about 10 feet,” says Betanski. “It creamed up an embankment, went airborne, flew over a guardrail, and then crashed into the opposite side guardrail.”

The department has posted the video on their Facebook page, reminding drivers to be cautious when roads are slick.

“When the weather is bad, slow down,” advises Betanski. “Keep distance between you and other vehicles, and just be aware that we are out there.”

Following the close call, Betnaski says he immediately ran to check on the vehicle. Luckily, no one was hurt.

“There are people outside of their vehicles on the interstate, make sure you don’t hit them,” says Betanski. “My wife could be a widow and my kids could grow up without a father. I don’t want to see anyone get hurt.”

The sheriff’s office wants to remind drivers that road conditions can change quickly and to always move over and slow down for emergency vehicles.

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