NORWOOD (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A state trooper working a detail in Interstate 95 in Norwood has been hospitalized after his parked cruiser was struck from behind by another vehicle.
A state police spokesman says the trooper was in his vehicle at about 3:40 a.m. Wednesday protecting a road paving crew when he was struck by a pickup truck with three occupants.
The crash caused extensive damage to the cruiser, and the trooper had to be extricated by firefighters. He was conscious, but in pain and was transported to Boston Medical Center and later released. Three occupants of the pickup were taken to Norwood Hospital with minor injuries.
The pickup driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel. He is expected to be cited for operating to endanger and marked lanes violation.
State police say an investigation indicates the pickup was going about 60 miles per hour when it drifted into the parked cruiser.
No names were immediately released.
There were delays, but the southbound lanes have reopened.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.