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MD trooper investigating one crash, injured by second car

Considering the number of vehicles that ply the roads of Maryland on any given day it's encouraging to note that there aren't more car accidents than there are. As anyone who has ever been in even a minor fender bender knows, accidents can happen in a flash. When they end death, the shock is magnified. Even if they cause only minor injuries, the consequences can be staggering.

Just last week, a Maryland State Police trooper became a victim. According to news reports about the incident, the officer was at the scene of a crash at Ballenger Center Driver east of highway 351 in Frederick last Wednesday. Officials say he was out of his vehicle investigating when another car came along and struck him. He was left pinned against his police vehicle by the second car.

Police say the officer was flown by police helicopter to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Apparently his injuries weren't significantly serious because he was treated and released that night.

Speaking to reporters later, a spokesman for the police defended the airlift decision. "His injuries were bad enough or could have been bad enough that he needed to be flown to shock trauma," the official said. "It had nothing to do with him being a trooper. Anyone would have gotten the same treatment."

At the time this post is being written there is no word that anyone has been charged in connection with the incident. Authorities are reportedly continuing to investigate both crashes.

Source: Fredrick News-Post, "Trooper struck by car," Cara R. Anthony, Dec. 22, 2011

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