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A state soldier on duty in the interstate area in Westchester County is lucky to survive Tuesday morning after a truck rammed into his patrol car.


New York State Police said Trooper Carlos DeSilva was monitoring traffic from inside his military car, which was parked in the right shoulder of Interstate-87 heading south between exits 7 and 7A in Greenburgh.

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Police said just before 6 a.m., a 2017 Freightliner box truck veered off the road and slammed into the driver’s side of a Dodge Charger marked DeSilva, shattering part of the vehicle’s body, police said.

Officials said first responders brought DaSilva, a 15-year-old veteran, assigned to Tarrytown Barracks at Westchester Medical Center for treatment. He has been released.

The driver of the truck and his passenger were not injured.

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“The state police would like to remind drivers to slow down and move forward when emergency and construction vehicles are operating on the highway,” police said in a statement.

Officials shared dramatic photos of the damage to the car on social media to amplify that message.

“Why should you move? That’s why. Our trooper was inside this car when a box truck swerved off the road and hit his patrol car. Luckily, he’ll be fine,” @nyspolice tweeted. “As soon as you see a light, vest or reflector, check the traffic around you, slow down and move on.”

State law requires motorists To proceed, if it is safe to do so, when crossing emergency vehicles on either side of the road.

“As soon as you see a light, vest or reflector, check traffic around you, slow down and proceed if it’s safe.” New York Thruway Authority tells online, “Drivers should use reasonable care when approaching an emergency vehicle or dangerous vehicle, including police vehicles, fire engines, ambulances, construction and maintenance vehicles and tow trucks.”