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Dispatcher Sent Police to Wrong Location

Associated Press

December 09, 2010

ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis police say a dispatcher mistakenly sent officers to the wrong site of a stranded motorist. But police say the mistake wasn’t to blame for the man’s death.

The victim died early Wednesday while pushing a disabled car on the Chain of Rocks Bridge, which carries Interstate 270 traffic over the Mississippi River. He was struck by a passing tractor-trailer.

Police say reports of the stalled car came in at 4:47 a.m. and a dispatcher mistakenly sent officers to Interstate 70. Five minutes later after more calls police realized the mistake and went to the right location.

The wreck happened at 5 a.m., but a police spokeswoman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the department does not believe the accident could have been prevented.

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