State Patrol calls it a 'disturbing trend' -- A dozen troopers' cars hit by drivers in six months

CSP: Drivers speeding, tailgating, distracted

DENVER - In what the Colorado State Patrol calls a "disturbing trend," another trooper's patrol car was crashed into during the snowy Monday morning rush hour.

The trooper was rear-ended at 8:38 a.m. as he finished an accident report in his parked patrol car on the side of Interstate 70 near Georgetown, said State Patrol spokesman Nate Reid.

The trooper had to be extricated from the damaged car and was transported to Lutheran Hospital with moderate injuries, Reid added. The driver who hit the patrol car was not hurt and was cited for the wreck.

The State Patrol's Facebook page said the trooper is doing fine, but added that the crash is "a disturbing trend" of trooper vehicles being hit by motorists who are driving too fast for conditions, tailgating or distracted.  

The State Patrol tells 7NEWS that about a dozen trooper vehicles have been hit in the past six months. Two trooper cars were crashed into on Sunday alone.

"Drivers consistently are traveling too fast for conditions and following too close… to maintain control on all weather surfaces," the State Patrol said in the Facebook post that included photos of the damaged patrol car. "Was this person texting, eating, or in general not paying attention? You be the judge," the Facebook post asked.

Earlier this month, a trooper was stopped at a red light on Highway 86 at Founders Parkway in Douglas County when the patrol car was rear-ended by a Hummer. The force of the collision shoved the patrol car into a Chevy truck.

The Hummer driver was trying to answer his ringing cellphone, dropped it and was reaching to pick it up when the Hummer plowed into the trooper's cruiser, said State Patrol spokesman Trooper Josh Lewis.

The trooper was transported to a hospital to be checked out for injuries, Lewis said. The Hummer driver was ticketed for careless driving causing injury.

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