DENVER — A trooper sustained minor injuries and two Colorado State Patrol vehicles were damaged in unrelated crashes in El Paso and Mesa counties over the weekend, according to CSP.
At approximately 9 p.m. Friday evening, a CSP trooper in El Paso County was investigating a crash at Bradley Road and Highway 21 when a westbound 2010 Subaru ran a stop sign and collided with a truck, said CSP. The impact sent the truck into the patrol car with the trooper inside.
The trooper was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. He was released later Friday evening.
CSP said the Subaru driver was charged with careless driving causing an injury.
The second accident happened Saturday morning.
A trooper was helping the Grand Junction Police Department with a single-vehicle crash on the 29 Road overpass when an approaching 2007 Honda Accord slid into the patrol car, said CSP.
The trooper was outside of his car and was not injured, while the Honda driver sustained minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.
CSP reported at least six crashes since Dec. 19 that led to injured troopers or damaged patrol vehicles throughout Colorado. In each incident, troopers were investigating crashes or performing routine duties with their emergency lights turned on.
CSP said a press conference regarding this string of accidents will occur early next week.
State patrol officials added that troopers will have zero tolerance for those who disregard the law over Super Bowl weekend.