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Ohio trooper, driver hit at spin-out site on icy highway

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, OHIO: A State Highway Patrol trooper and a driver she was helping after an accident were struck Tuesday when another vehicle lost control on an icy Ohio highway and pushed a cable barrier into them and their vehicles.

The crash happened shortly after midnight along Interstate 70 near Springfield, about 45 miles west of Columbus, as the trooper assisted a 56-year-old Huber Heights woman who had lost control of her vehicle earlier and ended up in the median, the patrol said.

The driver who was hit was flown to a hospital, and an update on her condition wasn’t immediately available.

WDTN-TV reports the trooper was being treated for a knee injury. The other driver wasn’t injured.

Patrol Sgt. Chris Colbert told the TV station that drivers need to slow down on slick roads and especially near accident scenes, even when the highways have been salted in winter weather.

“Anytime somebody is outside the vehicle and you get struck there is the potential that somebody could get killed,” Colbert said. “When it’s 30 degrees and the pavement is wet there’s a good chance that it could be frozen, and people need to slow.”

There was no immediate word on any charges.



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