Semi hits patrol car of state trooper who was assisting driver

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ABOVE: Senior Trooper Charles Taylor (photo provided by Indiana State Police)

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 18, 2014) – An Indiana State Police trooper was hurt Tuesday morning after a semi lost control and hit his patrol car. The trooper was helping another driver at the time.

The crash happened around 8:35 a.m. Tuesday on 865 westbound near mile marker 4.8 (near the 865/465 split).

Senior Trooper Charles Taylor was sitting in his patrol car while helping a driver whose car was on the emergency shoulder to the right. A semi truck lost control and hit Taylor’s cruiser, pushing it into the rear of the disabled car in front of him.

The driver of the car was taken to St. Vincent Hospital after complaining of pain in her head and neck. Taylor, a 13-year ISP veteran who’s assigned to the Indianapolis Post, also went to the hospital for neck and back pain.

The driver of the semi truck, 30-year-old Samson Stratton, was not hurt. Police issued Stratton a citation for going too fast for road and weather conditions and failure to yield for an emergency vehicle.