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Wisconsin State Patrol cruiser hit in Kenosha County freeway crash

Posted at 7:32 PM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 20:59:30-05

KENOSHA COUNTY -- The Wisconsin State Patrol says a state trooper and two truck driver escaped serious injury Sunday night after a driver rear-ended the stopped State Patrol cruiser along southbound I-94/I-41 in Kenosha County.

According to the State Patrol, the trooper was in his cruiser completing paperwork and the tow truck operator was loading a vehicle involved in an earlier incident when the crash occurred around 7:20 p.m. The tow driver was thrown from the rear of the tow truck and came to rest against a median wall. The trooper and tow operator were transported to a Kenosha hospital where they were treated and released.

Authorities say the driver of the vehicle that struck the State Patrol cruiser had three child passengers and is suspected of operating while impaired and driving without a valid license. All four were transported to Milwaukee hospitals. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the crash which occurred near County ML just north of the Wisconsin/Illinois state line.

“This incident illustrates the risks that law enforcement and emergency responders face every day,” said Captain Tim Carnahan with the State Patrol’s Waukesha Post in a news release. “It also highlights the need for all motorists to be alert and to move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles.”