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State Trooper Struck Head-On By Pickup Trying To Pass Salt Truck

Groveland Township, MI – A Michigan State Police (MSP) trooper was seriously injured in the line of duty earlier this month when a pickup truck that was trying to pass a salt truck slammed into his patrol car head on.

The crash occurred at about 7:15 a.m. on Feb. 7 on Dixie Highway near Tripp Road in Groveland Township while the trooper was on patrol, WDIV reported.

State police said the trooper was headed south in the right lane of Dixie Highway when a pickup truck that was heading north tried to pass a salt truck.

Authorities said the driver of the pickup truck lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the center line, WDIV reported.

The pickup went into the farthest right southbound lane of oncoming traffic and struck the trooper’s patrol car head-on, according to MSP.

Officials said the injured trooper was transported to Gensys Hospital with injuries to his leg and hip, WDIV reported.

State police have not yet identified the wounded hero.

The driver of the pickup truck sustained less severe injuries but was taken to the hospital for treatment, too, according to the state police.

Dixie Highway was shut down for most of the morning while law enforcement agencies conducted their investigation into the wreck, WDIV reported.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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