MIDDLETOWN — UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.
A trooper will be cited for failure to control his car after his cruiser went into traffic and was rear-ended, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
There were no injuries, but the crash on northbound Interstate 75 just past the Middletown exit caused a major backup this afternoon.
The crash happened after a trooper passed truck tire tread in the middle of the roadway. The trooper went into the emergency lane so he could stop to retrieve it. As the trooper was backing up, his cruiser went off the berm, which was a steep drop. The trooper jerked the cruiser back onto the pavement, when it went into traffic and a pickup struck the rear of the cruiser, according to the OSP.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper’s cruiser was hit on Interstate 75 northbound in Middletown near mile marker 33.
The cruiser was struck from behind.
We’ve contacted dispatchers who tell us there are no serious injuries, but there is a large traffic backup due to the crash, which was reported shortly before 3 p.m.
We have a photographer en route to the area and will update this story as new details become available.
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