Trooper injured after being struck in squad car on I-70 exit ramp

Trooper injured I-70

An Indiana State Police trooper was hospitalized after the squad car he was sitting in was struck by a pickup truck on an I-70 exit ramp in Indianapolis early Wednesday morning. 

Trooper Andrew Atwell radioed dispatchers at 5:10 a.m. indicating his squad car had been struck and another Trooper Joel Flores, who was also on the scene also radioed in to request medics.

Shortly before the crash Trooper Flores had struck something in the roadway causing a flat tire. He exited onto the ramp to Emerson Avenue and Trooper Atwell came to assist.

A short time later, Atwell had backed down the ramp, on the shoulder, to check for debris in the road.

With his emergency lights activated Atwell was sitting at the bottom of the ramp when investigators believe a 2011 Ford F-250, driven by 57-year-old John Berry, was on I-70 eastbound exiting onto Emerson Avenue when another vehicle possibly splashed slush onto his windshield.

Berry then struck the rear end of Atwell’s police car. The roads were slushy and hazardous at the time of the crash, Berry was ticketed for Failure to Yield to a Stationary Emergency Vehicle.

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