AMARILLO, Texas — An officer underwent surgery after being critically injured in a car accident, Amarillo Globe-News reported.
The accident occurred Sept. 8 when a Jeep Wrangler struck Officer Justin Scherlen’s patrol vehicle head-on.
Amarillo firefighters used the Jaws of Life to pry the officer from his car. e was then taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries to his legs, hips and back.
Scherlen was awake and responsive when he was loaded into the ambulance.
The officer had surgery and was last reported to be in the ICU, Amarillo Police Cpl. Sean Slover told the publication. Scherlen has a broken femur, a broken kneecap and a shattered pelvis. He is being kept sedated for next day and has no more surgeries scheduled for tomorrow.
“He is not out of the woods yet, and it is the first of evidently several surgeries,” Slover said in his interview with the Amarillo Globe. “The next 72 hours will tell them a lot. Everybody is rooting for him.”
Slover said the city will take care of all expenses for Officer Scherlen.
The driver of the Jeep refused treatment.
“The preliminary information is that the Jeep had no lights on and crossed left of center into the officer’s lane,” Slover said to the publication.
The incident is under investigation.
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