Trooper hit by pickup on 6&50

A Colorado State Patrol trooper was struck by a vehicle Friday night on U.S. Highway 6&50 while investigating a crash.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Simons said he could not release the officer’s name because it was unclear whether all family members had been notified Friday night. The trooper is a longtime veteran of the force, Simons said.

Around 8 p.m., the trooper was struck in the middle of the road by a full-size pickup that was eastbound near the intersection of 20 Road and U.S. 6&50.

The female driver of the truck was questioned at the scene, but drugs and alcohol were not considered a factor in the incident, the State Patrol said.

The trooper was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital, and a police radio report at 8:25 p.m. listed the trooper’s injuries as a dislocated shoulder, probable fractured nose, a closed head injury and a large hematoma on the back of his head.

The State Patrol updated the media around 9:45 p.m. and said the trooper was well enough to talk.

U.S. 6&50 between 19 1/2 and 21 1/2 roads was closed to traffic for more than two hours while authorities investigated the scene.

Hearing a fellow law enforcement officer call for help over police radios and learning of the incident unsettled a number of officers who responded to the scene.

“When one of us gets hurt, it kind of hits home,” Simons said.

Simons said it was unclear whether anyone was injured in the original crash that troopers responded to. A sedan was loaded on a tow truck, and a small pickup was on its wheels in the ditch as officers investigated the crash.


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