WESTON, Mass. (WPRI) — The driver of a tractor-trailer is facing charges after crashing into a Massachusetts State Police cruiser, leaving a trooper with serious injuries late Tuesday night.
State police say a 33-year-old trooper was in an unmarked cruiser in the breakdown lane with his emergency lights on to protect a road construction crew on I-95 southbound in Weston.
Around 11:45 p.m., state police say the trooper heard and saw the tractor-trailer drive into the detail setup striking barrels, cones, and the arrow board.
The trooper braced for impact at the last second as his cruiser was struck from behind, state police said.
The operator of the tractor-trailer, identified as a 27-year-old Montreal, Canada man, allegedly fell asleep and woke up at the last second and tried to apply his breaks, but did so too late.
According to state police, the force of impact broke the steering wheel off, pushed the cruiser forward, and pinned the trooper in the cruiser. The tractor-trailer ended up swerving across the on-ramp, striking the guardrail, before swerving back, hitting the median and coming to rest jackknifed across the highway.
The trooper was seriously injured but was alert and called in the crash himself. He was transported to Boston Hospital but has since been released and will be on injured leave.
State police say they will summons the Montreal man to face charges of negligent operation, failure to move over, and marked lanes violation.
The scene has since been cleared as the investigation remains ongoing.