A state trooper was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries after a car rear-ended his cruiser on Interstate 84 in East Hartford on Tuesday.
Troop H Dispatch received a radio broadcast from Trooper Brett Cook around 10:30 p.m. reporting his involvement in a department accident.
He said the crash happened in the right shoulder on I-84 westbound from I-384 westbound near the exit 59 on ramp.
According to police, he was parked in the right shoulder behind a disabled vehicle and a tow truck with his cruiser's emergency lights activated.
While he was assisting the disabled vehicle, Trooper Cook said a vehicle being driven by 18-year-old Chad Myron Taylor, of Windsor, lost control and veered to the right as he was traveling in the right lane just as the ramp merged with I-84 from I-384.
Taylor crashed into the back of Trooper Cook's cruiser and caused disabling rear-end damage, police said. Taylor's vehicle suffered disabling front-end damage and both vehicles were towed from the scene.
Both Trooper Cook and Taylor were transported to Hartford Hospital to be treated for minor injuries and were released. A passenger who was in Taylor's vehicle was not injured.
Taylor was found to be at fault for the crash and was issued an infraction ticket for failing to drive at a reasonable distance apart, traveling too fast for conditions, operating a motor vehicle with unsafe tires and failure to wear a seat belt in the front seat.