A truck was rolling in reverse Sunday night on northbound I-5 in north Everett until a Washington State Patrol trooper used his SUV to hit it and keep it from traffic. (Washington State Patrol)

A truck was rolling in reverse Sunday night on northbound I-5 in north Everett until a Washington State Patrol trooper used his SUV to hit it and keep it from traffic. (Washington State Patrol)

State Patrol trooper uses SUV to stop runaway truck on I-5

The driver thought it was parked until he got out and it rolled backward into traffic.

EVERETT — A Washington State Patrol trooper used his SUV to stop a truck that was rolling backward Sunday night on I-5.

The driver pulled off to the shoulder of northbound I-5 in north Everett to check for a flat tire, the Washington State Patrol said. He reportedly put the engine in reverse instead of park and stepped out when the truck rolled back, knocking him down. The man had minor injuries.

The truck kept rolling until the trooper saw it and intentionally hit it to stop it in a lane of traffic. The trooper was not injured.

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