Crashes involving two State Police troopers occurred on two separate roadways in Massachusetts today. Both officers managed to avoid injury in the incidents, which took place on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton and on Route 24 in Randolph, according to State Police. So far, only one of the drivers is being charged.
The first crash occurred on Route 24 around 1:20 a.m. after troopers had identified someone driving the wrong way on the highway. When one tried setting up stop sticks across the roadway, his vehicle and several others were struck. In this case, the trooper was uninjured and the occupants of the other cars involved sustained only minor injuries. However, the driver charged with causing the crash was arrested for drunk driving and reckless operation of a motor vehicle and is slated to be arraigned today in Quincy District Court.
In the second incident, which occurred around 3 a.m. in Newton, a trooper working a paid detail on the Massachusetts Turnpike was struck by the driver of a 2001 Toyota RAV 4. In this case, the trooper was actually inside the vehicle at the time. Both he and the driver were injured in the crash and transported to nearby hospitals. Both incidents are still under investigation, according to police.
Two face drunken driving charges after slamming into State Police cruisers in Randolph, Newton, The Boston Globe, June 27, 2012