State police cruiser struck from behind on Rt. 99

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A Rhode Island State Police trooper was sent to the hospital Thursday after his cruiser was struck from behind while pulled over on Route 99 in Lincoln.

According to state police, the trooper was parked on the grassy shoulder on Route 99 South, partially in the breakdown lane, when the crash occurred at about 9:33 a.m.

Police said two vehicles were traveling in the left lane and as the first one slowed upon seeing the trooper, the second vehicle attempted to pass on the right.

After spotting the cruiser, police said the second driver hit the brakes and lost control of her vehicle, causing it to strike the passenger side of the first vehicle. The first vehicle then left the roadway and crashed into the rear of the parked cruiser, which came to a stop facing southwest in the grassy area.

The trooper, who police said was wearing a seatbelt at the time, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital to be treated for minor injuries and released.

The occupants of the other two vehicles refused treatment at the scene, according to police.

The crash remains under investigation.

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