Trooper injured after driver crashes into cruiser

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LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska State trooper was injured late Friday night after a vehicle crashed into the cruiser on the interstate.

NSP said the trooper had just finished responding to another crash near mile marker 399 on westbound I-80 at about 10:30 p.m. Then, while traveling west, a vehicle behind him lost control, spun out and collided with the back end of the trooper's cruiser, forcing the cruiser into a concrete barrier.

The trooper was transported by another trooper to Bryan Medical Center – Bryan West Campus with non-life-threatening injuries. He has since been treated and released.

The other driver was not seriously injured and was ticketed by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office for driving too fast for the conditions. NSP says the trooper’s unit was totaled in the crash.

NSP is reminding all drivers to never drive faster than conditions allow, and urges drivers to practice safe winter driving by maintaining safe speeds, increasing following distance, keeping attention on the road and away from distractions, and always wearing a seat belt.

Troopers have responded to dozens of weather-related incidents overnight and Saturday morning, NSP said. Crews with the Nebraska Department of Transportation are also out in force working to plow snow and improve driving conditions. Anyone planning to travel today should check Nebraska 511 for the latest driving conditions. Motorists in need of assistance can reach the NSP Highway Helpline by calling *55 from any cell phone.