State trooper in surgery from Thursday car strike

Connecticut state police trooper hit on I-91. Aug. 7, 2014.

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The call went out: a trooper hurt on Interstate 91. State Police flooded the Interstate.

Deborah Dupont of the New England Cycle Center said, “We saw at least 50 cruisers come and swarm the area here.” She says everyone rushed to their stage room at the New England Cycle Center which overlooks the highway.

“We saw a tremendous amount of ambulances so I knew it was something serious,” she said.

“The trooper suffered severe injury: multiple fractures a head injury and other serious injury,” said state police Lt. J. Paul Vance.

State police say around 7 p.m., a black pickup truck lost its bed liner. The driver tried to get it. A trooper noticed him and slowed down to help. “This trooper was doing his duty to try to get the debris off the highway to protect drivers to get the debris off the highway from traffic going 50 to 60 miles per hour,” Vance said. He put on flashing lights to alert traffic.

“A north bound vehicle went around parked state police cruiser and struck the trooper and the owner of the bed liner,” Vance said.

Now police say the trooper is going in for surgery. The owner of truck who lost the bed liner is in stable condition

“I hope he’s alright and I’m sure everyone at our dealership feels the same way because we were all very concerned,” Dupont said.

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