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Man hit by car, taken to hospital with serious injuries

Safety Tips While Stalled on the Road

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A man about to push his stalled truck off the road was taken to the hospital after being hit by another vehicle. Now, car experts explain how to safely deal with similar situations.

The man hurt in the accident was driving on Murray Blvd., when his pick up truck stalled near Fountain Blvd. He got out of the vehicle to push it, but the driver of an Orkin truck behind him didn't see him.

"He couldn't swerve quick enough to get out of his way and he ended up hitting him," Colorado Springs Police Department Sgt. Jennifer Lewis said.

The passenger of the stalled truck told KRDO NEWSCHANNEL 13 the man hit was her boyfriend, 40 year-old Malm Berg. She said the Orkin truck driver immediately got out of his vehicle and apologized. He told her the sun was in his way, and that's why he didn't see Berg. The driver was cited with careless driving.

Police said the hurt man suffered a laceration in his head. A witness said he was badly injured in his front side and his back, but that he was conscious and breathing when the ambulance took him to the hospital.

While the incident was an accident, car experts have advice to help prevent them. Dale Kurtz, of Courtesy Automotive, said getting out of your car to push it isn't a good idea.

"Try to get over to the right, as far as you can. If you are in the median, or the left side of the road, exit the vehicle, and just get off to the side of the road, and call for help" he said. "Don't try to push it. Don't ask anybody else to help you."

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