Trooper tending overpass wreck when patrol car hit by 3rd vehicle
A Colorado State Patrol trooper escaped injury Saturday morning when another car crashed into his patrol vehicle while he was at an accident scene.
According to the Colorado State Patrol, the trooper was assisting Grand Junction police at a single-vehicle crash on the 29 Road overpass south of North Avenue.
While he was out of his patrol car at the accident site, a 2007 Honda Accord approached the scene and slid into the trooper’s car.
The Honda’s driver had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. The trooper wasn’t injured.
This incident was the second in Colorado in less than 24 hours involving passing vehicles crashing into trooper’s patrol cars, according to the State Patrol.
Friday night, a trooper was investigating a crash in El Paso County when the driver of a 2010 Subaru ran a stop sign and collided with a Schwann’s truck; the collision pushed the truck into the trooper’s car, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
The trooper was in his vehicle at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries. He was taken to an area hospital and the Subaru’s driver was cited for careless driving causing injury, according to the State Patrol.
In both cases, the emergency lights on the trooper’s vehicle were activated, the State Patrol reported.
State law requires motorists to move over or slow down for stationary emergency vehicles with active emergency lighting.