State Trooper Injured, Struck In Patrol Car Along I-96
DETROIT (WWJ) – A Michigan State Police trooper is resting at home after he was involved in an accident while assisting another motorist along the freeway.
The trooper was policing a crash, Wednesday, on the entrance ramp from Outer Drive to eastbound I-96, when he was hit.
“He was in his patrol car when another vehicle was entering behind him and lost control and struck the rear of his patrol car,” MSP Commander Phil Metta told WWJ’s Marie Osborne.
The trooper and driver of the car that hit him were both transported to the hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.
The driver was ticketed for the causing the crash and driving too fast, Metta said.
Metta reminds all drivers to give police officers some room if they spot them on the side of the road, especially during inclement weather.
“They need to slow down and where possible are required to move over one lane, to leave that lane empty. We’re seeing more and more of that, drivers are not doing that.”
Metta said drivers need to be more cautious of their surroundings and take it easy when the roads are slick.
“Especially on a day like today,” Metta said. “With the conditions, you definitely need to slow things down, watch the roadways in front of you and give yourself comfortable distance between vehicle.”