An officer of the Huntsville Police Department was injured early this morning when his unit responded to a traffic accident on Interstate 45.
As of late this morning, Officer Chris Janis was in good condition and being treated at Huntsville Memorial Hospital.
HPD Lt. Jim Barnes said today, “At approximately 4:50 AM, Huntsville Police Department Officers Chris Janis and Wade Roberts were dispatched to a traffic accident on Interstate 45 at the southbound 115 mile marker.” He said, “When the officers arrived on the scene of the accident, Officer Janis proceeded to exit his patrol car and head toward the disabled vehicle, which had struck the guard rail in the center median.
“Another vehicle traveling southbound appears to have lost control on the wet roadway and struck the patrol car from behind. The patrol car lurched forward striking Officer Janis.
“Huntsville/Walker County EMS quickly responded to the scene and transported Officer Janis to Huntsville Memorial Hospital.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety responded and is investigating the accident.
HPD Chief Kevin Lunsford said, “I want to thank the emergency medical personnel for their quick response and attention to Officer Janis.” He said “We are very grateful for their assistance and role in bringing a member of our departmental family out of harm’s way.”