State trooper injured in early morning crash on I-91

For the Recorder
Published: 7/6/2018 5:49:07 PM

HATFIELD — A 28-year-old state trooper was injured in a car accident early Friday morning after swerving to avoid a deer on Interstate 91 north in Hatfield, state police said.

Following the crash, the officer was pulled from the cruiser by Trooper Michael Murphy, who happened to be in the area at the same time and witnessed the accident.

The injured officer, whose name hasn’t been released, was responding to a call for a disabled motor vehicle on the highway at approximately 1:30 a.m. when, in the area of the Chestnut Street Overpass, a deer ran in front of his cruiser, according to the statement.

The trooper, assigned to the Northampton barracks, swerved, hit a guardrail and went into the embankment. The vehicle, a 2011 Crown Victoria cruiser, initially glanced off the deer and was soon engulfed in flames, state police said. Hatfield and Northampton firefighters responded to extinguish the car fire and, along with emergency medical technicians, provided medical aid to the injured officer.

The officer was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton and then treated at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield. He was released Friday afternoon to recuperate at home, state police said.

A section of the northbound lanes of I-91 were closed during the crash response and was reopened at approximately 4:45 a.m. Troopers located signs that the deer may have suffered a glancing strike after the Trooper swerved hard to avoid it, but said the animal apparently was able to run away, as it was not located in the area.

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