Waxahachie Police officer George Pappas escaped injury after his vehicle was struck while he was directing traffic on Saturday.

Pappas’ squad car was acting as a blocking unit in the outside lane of the 1700 block of U.S. Highway 287 while firefighters worked a grass fire call at 1:53 p.m.

Waxahachie Police Department Assistant Chief Mitch Bartley said a 2000 Honda CRV driven by Ennis resident Janet Howard struck Pappas’ vehicle. 

Pappas was outside his vehicle directing traffic into the inside lane away from the fire apparatus parked on the roadway at the time of the collision. 

Howard was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 287 Bypass when she passed Pappas as he was directing traffic, subsequently rear-ending the squad car. 

Pappas had to jump out of the way of Howard’s vehicle to avoid injury, Bartley said.

According to reports from the Waxahachie Fire Department, both Howard and Pappas refused medical treatment and transport to the hospital from paramedics.

The squad car was stationary, parked on the outside lane with emergency lights activated. 

The damage from the accident appears to have totaled only the squad car but a final statement is pending from insurance adjusters, Bartley said. The cause of the accident was determined to be driver inattention.  No citations were issued.

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