No charges have been filed in a crash that left a woman in critical condition this week in Des Moines. Police sergeant Todd Dykstra says Monday night a woman’s car stalled as she drove across a 2-lane bridge with no space to pull over. The sergeant says the woman got out and apparently tried to push her car off the bridge — when another vehicle came up from behind and struck her and her car. The driver of the pickup truck that hit the woman apparently didn’t realize there was a car stopped in the travel lane on the bridge until too late. Dykstra says where typically there’d be a shoulder alongside the travel portion of the road, on this bridge there wasn’t. The officer says the woman was badly hurt when she was slammed between her car and the pickup truck that came up from behind. Police advise if a driver’s stranded in a situation where oncoming traffic is likely and may not see you till it’s too late, to get out of the way of a possible resulting accident. Put on your hazard lights, he instructs, put the hood up, and if you can get out, get away from the vehicle if there’s any chance of a collision from another vehicle that comes upon the scene. Notify law-enforcement that there’s a stalled vehicle on the roadway or a bridge, so they can come give aid.
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