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Trooper struck and injured during rainy night on patrol

Living in Washington, D.C., you get to know lots of people from nearby areas. The Virginia State Troopers are nearby monitoring highways in the area, like I-95, which hits just south of D.C. and brings a large amount of traffic into the capitol.

Being so close to I-95, you may have heard about an incident during the recent storms that passed through the area. After a particularly bad bout of rain, the roads were covered in large flooded areas. It was not long after that when Virginia State Troopers took to the highway to help drivers avoid dangerous flooding and pull over when necessary. Unfortunately, not all drivers were aware of the troopers, and this caused a life-threatening situation.

One Virginia State Trooper was rushed to the hospital after a tractor trailer hit him near one of the flooded areas on I-95. An article from June 24 said that the accident took place around 1:18 a.m. The officer was with two others directing traffic at the scene when he was struck. The officer was injured, but it's not clear if he was inside or outside his cruiser when he was struck.

Reports show that the troopers had their cruiser lights on at the time of the crash, so it's not clear why the tractor trailer hadn't slowed for the police. The truck driver, age 67, was charged with reckless driving after he caused the accident. Weather may have contributed, since wet roads can make it more difficult for trucks to stop quickly, but many truckers interviewed reported that they had pulled over due to the harsh conditions.

Source: ABC 8 News, "Driver charged, State Trooper recovering after tractor trailer incident on I-95 Wednesday," June 24, 2015

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