Truck rear-ends parked cruiser; Ohio trooper, motorist hurt

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says a commercial truck smashed into a cruiser parked at a crash scene in a right lane on Interstate 70, injuring an Ohio trooper and the driver he’d stopped to help.

The patrol says the trooper and the motorist were in the cruiser when the truck apparently drifted right, drove through road flares and rear-ended the car Tuesday morning east of Columbus, in Bowling Green Township.

The injured motorist in the cruiser was flown to a hospital. The patrol says the trooper was treated for injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

The patrol’s photos of the aftermath showed the silver cruiser’s crushed, mangled rear half. The agency says it illustrates why drivers must move over or slow down when approaching emergency vehicles parked along roadways.