MSP patrol car struck on Mound Road by possible distracted driver

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WWJ) -- It was a close call for a Michigan State Police trooper when his car was struck in a construction zone by a possible distracted driver Wednesday morning.

The trooper was working a construction zone early Wednesday morning in the area of Mound and 17 Mile Roads, helping to keep traffic slowed down.

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Around 8:15 a.m. he was helping in the process of removing an abandoned vehicle that was blocking the right lane of Mound Road, when a woman driving a dark colored SUV smashed into the back of the patrol car, pushing it into the abandoned vehicle.

MSP officials say the trooper was in the car, with emergency lights activated, at the time of the crash. He did not sustain any injuries in the crash.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the at-fault driver did not hit the brakes before striking the patrol car, and authorities believe she may have been distracted.

The woman, whose age was not released, was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

MSP are still investigating what led up to the crash.