State trooper’s car hit twice in freeway stops

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A Michigan State trooper’s patrol car was struck twice by vehicles Saturday in two separate incidents while the officer assisted motorists on freeways, police said Monday.

The incidents were among three crashes involving Michigan State Police on Saturday.

At 7 a.m. Saturday, a trooper from the Metro Post slowed down on a ramp from Interstate 75 to westbound Interstate 94 in Detroit to help a motorist whose vehicle was blocking a lane. A 23-year-old from Harper Woods driving a 2004 Dodge could not stop and hit the patrol car and another vehicle, police said. There were no injuries.

About three hours later at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, the same trooper was policing a traffic crash on northbound M-39 near Interstate 96 in Detroit. The patrol vehicle was parked on the right shoulder with the emergency lights activated, police said. A 27-year-old from Detroit driving a 2009 Dodge lost control of the vehicle, spun out and hit the front of the patrol car. No injuries were reported.

A third incident Saturday involved a trooper’s that was struck while the trooper assisted in a one-car crash on northbound Interstate 75 and Holbrook. The patrol car was on the right shoulder around 8:10 a.m. Saturday when a 28-year-old driver from Arlington, Virginia, lost control of her car, went up the snow-covered embankment, drove back down again and struck the right side of the patrol car, police said. Neither the driver nor the trooper were injured.

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