Deputies Talk About Scary Johnson County Crash

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Two Johnson County deputies involved in a scary crash that is receiving national attention say they're still processing the entire experience. Kim Pearson, a reserve deputy, and Aaron Hammes were standing next to a state patrol car when an airborne pick-up truck nearly hit them.

"It was so fast, now everything is slow in your head," Pearson said. "It's incredible that everyone made it out okay."

Hammes and Pearson were nearing the end of their shift when they were dispatched to an accident on Interstate 80 early Friday morning. Trooper Jesse Hernandez was in the process of taking over the accident scene when a pick-up swiped the back of his car, nearly taking out the deputies.

"I feel very fortunate, it was very dramatic seeing that truck come across," Hammes said.

Hammes said after seeing the video he had reservations about immediately sharing the story with his wife.

"I thought, I think I'm going to wait until later [Friday afternoon] before I tell my wife about this," he said.

The driver of the pick-up truck, Dana Miller, was not injured. Authorities say Miller was not at fault and that a semi hit his vehicle, launching it towards the trooper and two deputies. Hernandez suffered minor injuries.

KCRG-TV9's Forrest Saunders contributed to this report.
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