Tuesday, August 25, 2009

United States Park Police Officer Injured in Crash on the Baltimore Washington Parkway

On Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at approximately 7:37 a.m., a United States Park Police officer with nineteen years of service was injured while on a traffic stop in the safety shoulder of the Baltimore Washington Parkway southbound lanes, south of Route 197.

The officer was standing outside the violator’s vehicle speaking to the operator when his cruiser was struck by a truck that had left the southbound roadway, traveled onto the safety shoulder, and rear ended the Force cruiser pushing it into the violator’s vehicle.

At the time of impact, the officer was pulled under his cruiser and dragged for approximately 40 feet along the road surface before the vehicle finally came to a stop. The officer was pinned under his cruiser until rescuers could remove him. He was transported by the United States Park Police Helicopter to the Washington Hospital Center with non life threatening injuries.

This case is being investigated by the United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch.