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Two Pennsylvania State Police Troopers Injured While Helping Alleged Drunk Driver

Early Sunday, an incident took place on the Schuylkill Expressway which resulted in the injury of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers. According to police reports, the troopers were helping an alleged drunk driver when their cruiser was hit by a car.

The troopers were on patrol when the incident happened around 2:30 am. They saw a car stopped in the highway’s eastbound lanes near Montgomery Drive. When the troopers arrived, the man pulled his car to the left side of the road instead of to the right. As the troopers pulled up behind him, they tried to get his vehicle out of the way of traffic. Just then, another car slammed into their cruiser from behind.

According to Capt. James Raykovitz, commander of Troop K, when the car hit the cruiser from behind, one trooper had to go over and physically jump over the Jersey barrier to avoid being struck. “The other trooper was accessing something . . . he was partially in his car when it was struck,” said Raykovitz.

The other trooper hopped back over the collision to assist the trooper in the cruiser who sustained more severe injuries.

The injured trooper remained in Hahnemann University Hospital on Sunday afternoon for treatment of head injuries. According to the hospital, he is expected to make a full recovery. His partner was also treated for minor injuries and released.

The driver of the vehicle stopped in the left lane was charged with driving under the influence and related offenses.

The other driver who struck the police car was not found to be intoxicated. It is not clear what charges he may face.

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