CSP vehicle crashes in two counties

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Grand Junction, Colo. -- A Colorado State Trooper sustained minor injuries and two patrol vehicles were damaged in separate crashes in El Paso and Mesa counties.

In El Paso County, a trooper was investigating a crash at Bradley Road and Highway 21 at approximately 9:03 p.m. last night. A 2010 Subaru traveling westbound on Bradley Road proceeded through a stop sign and collided with a northbound Schwann truck. The collision pushed the truck into the Trooper’s vehicle.

The Trooper had minor injuries since he was in the patrol vehicle at the time of the crash. He was transported to a local hospital and released later that evening. The driver of the Subaru was charged with careless driving causing injury.

In the second incident, a Trooper in Grand Junction was assisting the Grand Junction Police Department with a second-vehicle crash on the 29 Road overpass. A 2007 Honda Accord approached the crash scene and slide into the Trooper’s patrol vehicle.

The driver of the Honda sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

These crashes add to an alarming number of recent incidents where Colorado State Patrol vehicles have been struck by careless or impaired drivers. Since Dec. 19, at least six crashes have injured Troopers or damaged Colorado State Patrol vehicles across the state.

Early next week, the Colorado State Patrol will hold a press conference to address the dangerous and potentially deadly series of accidents affecting Troopers and law-enforcement officers across Colorado.

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