NORTH EAST — A Maryland State Police trooper was airlifted to a regional hospital Monday after his patrol vehicle — which was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 95 near North East and was occupied by him – was struck by a vehicle, spurring a chain-reaction crash, according to Maryland State Police.
The three-vehicle crash occurred on southbound I-95, near the Route 272 interchange, shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday, police reported.
As of Tuesday, investigators had not released the name of the trooper, who is assigned to the JFK Barrack near Perryville, and the other people involved in the traffic accident.
After the on-duty trooper had pulled his unmarked Chevrolet Tahoe onto the southbound shoulder of the highway, he waited inside his vehicle — with its emergency lights flashing — for a “courtesy patrol to assist with removing debris from the road,” an MSP spokesman reported.
A man driving a southbound Nissan Armanda crashed into the rear of the trooper’s vehicle, police said. Then a third vehicle, also southbound, struck the Nissan, police added.
An MSP helicopter crew flew the trooper to University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore for treatment of his unspecified injuries, according to MSP officials, who further reported that an ambulance crew drove the injured Nissan driver to Union Hospital in Elkton.
The driver and passenger of the third vehicle involved in the domino-effect crash were not injured, police reported.
Emergency workers shut down a section of southbound I-95 after the crash, which, as of Tuesday, remained under investigation, police said. No charges had been filed, as of Tuesday, police added.
Monday’s crash on I-95 marked the second time in two days that an on-duty Cecil County law enforcement officer was injured in a traffic accident.
While responding to a serious crash scene at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday, Cecil County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Alexander Kerns, a one-year CCCO veteran, was injured when the patrol vehicle he was driving struck a light pole in an otherwise empty church parking lot near North East, agency officials reported.
An ambulance crew drove Kerns to Union Hospital in Elkton, where he was treated for what investigators described as “non-life-threatening” injuries, and he has since been discharged, police reported.
At the time of his single-vehicle accident, according to CCSO officials, Kerns was responding to nearby Deans Bank Road, close to Rehill Road, where a vehicle had veered off that road and crashed into a tree, police said. An MSP helicopter crew flew an occupant of that vehicle to University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore, police added.
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