COLONIE – State Police Tuesday released photos of the trooper car hit in Monday’s Northway crash allegedly caused by an impaired box truck driver.
The trooper, who was in the driver’s seat of his patrol car, was taken to Albany Medical Center, treated and released.
State police say a box truck driver slammed into the back of the patrol car as the trooper had another driver pulled over near the Twin Bridges Monday afternoon. The driver of the other car was treated at the scene.
The force of the impact pushed the trooper’s car into the stopped vehicle and then off the Northway into high grass.
The state police photos show a wide shot of the trooper car in the grass. A second shot showed the car up close, the driver’s side rear panel area smashed, bumper and rear wheel off and smashed rear window.
“The driver who hit the troop car was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, as well as Reckless Endangerment,” state police wrote on Facebook. “Thankfully, the Trooper was treated at the hospital and released. Stay sober behind the wheel. Move over.”
State police Monday evening identified the box truck driver as 52-year-old Terrence Hudson, of Queens. Hudson was not injured.
The crash happened at about 1:41 p.m. on the Northway southbound, south of the Twin Bridges, state police said.
The crash shut down southbound traffic and left vehicles backed up on the Northway for miles, up to Exit 8 and beyond as police investigated and cleared the scene.
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