Two Massachusetts State troopers escaped injury when their cruiser was rear-ended at the scene of a crash on I-195 in Rehoboth early Sunday morning.
A driver approaching the scene of the crash didn’t stop and struck the cruiser from behind, the Rehoboth Fire Department said. The cruiser was parked in the middle lane blocking traffic. The force of the crash sent the cruiser into the right lane and a guardrail.
Just a minute prior to the crash, two troopers were sitting in the cruiser doing a report for the original crash. The fire department said neither trooper was injured. The driver of the car suffered severe facial lacerations because they were not wearing their seatbelt.
State Police spokesperson David Procopio didn’t respond to Live Boston’s request for more information about the crash.
This is just the latest in the series of crashes involving State Police cruisers on Massachusetts roadways.
November 7: A State Police cruiser was one of at least three vehicles involved in a crash on Route 128 in Needham. WCVB-TV reports it’s not clear if anyone was injured in the crash, which remains under investigation.
September 28: A trooper was injured when his unmarked cruiser was struck by a tractor trailer on Route 95 South in Weston. State Police said the driver of the tractor trailer fell asleep at the wheel and struck the cruiser from behind. The force of the impact broke of the cruiser’s steering wheel and pinned the trooper in the cruiser. The trooper was working a construction detail at the time and had his cruiser’s emergency lights activated. He was taken to a Boston hospital to be treated for his injuries. He was released the next morning and placed on injured leave. The driver of the tractor trailer, a 27-year-old man from Canada, face charges of negligent operation, failure to move over and a marked lanes violation.
September 20: A trooper was injured when his cruiser was hit by an alleged drunk driver operating an SUV on Interstate 290 Eastbound in Worcester. The trooper has his cruiser’s emergency lights activated as he was protecting a disabled car at the time of the crash. The trooper was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for a concussion and other upper body injuries. He was released the next morning. The driver of the SUV, 28-year-old Victoria Skelly of Worcester, was not hurt. State Police arrested her for operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and violation of the move over law.
August 21: A trooper was among three people hurt in a crash outside the Danvers State Police Barracks. The trooper collided with a car on Route 62 while leaving the barracks to respond to a possible rollover on Route 1. The cruiser rolled onto the side. The trooper was taken to a hopsital with minor injuries. The two people in the car were also hospitalized, but expected to be fine.
August 12: A State Police major was injured when his unmarked cruiser was struck by an SUV during a traffic stop on Route 3 in Bedford. The impact of the crash pushed Major Matthew Gravini’s cruiser into the right travel lane. The SUV then struck the car Gravini had initially stopped for traffic violations. Gravini and the driver of the SUV, a 64-year-old Wilmington woman, were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the car, a 24-year-old Lowell man, was not hurt.
August 12: A trooper was hospitalized after his cruiser collided with a car on Forest Road in Yarmouth. The driver of the car refused medical attention.
A Kingston Police cruiser was also struck by an alleged drunk driver on Route 3 South in Kingston on November 30, the department reported.
A retired North Attleboro police detective suffered minor injuries when his marked cruiser was struck while working a construction detail on Route 95 on September 30, The Sun Chronicle reported.
Several troopers have been also been killed in on-duty crashes caused by reckless drivers. The following synopses and photos were taken from the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Sergeant Douglas Weddleton
End of Watch: June 18, 2010
Sergeant Douglas Weddleton was struck and killed by two drunk drivers while working a late-night construction detail on I-95 in Attleboro. He had positioned his cruiser to block an exit ramp from I-95 to I-495 so a construction crew could perform roadwork. A drunk driver tried to drive around his cruiser. As he got out of his cruiser to stop the car, a second drunk driver crashed into the back of the first car, pushing it into Sergeant Weddleton. He was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries. Both drunk drivers were arrested and faced numerous charges. The driver in the second car was charged with negligent motor vehicle homicide and sentenced to one year. Sergeant Weddleton had served with the Massachusetts State Police for 28 years. He’s survived by his wife, four sons and sister.
Trooper Ellen Engelhardt
End of Watch: June 1, 2011
Trooper Ellen Engelhardt died from injuries she sustained eight years earlier when her cruiser was struck by a drunk driver on Route 25 in Wareham. She was parked on the shoulder of the road when the drunk driver struck the back of her cruiser at 90 mph. Her injuries left her in a vegetative state and she was unable to speak or communicate. The drunk driver was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison following the crash. In September 2011, he was charged with vehicular homicide as a result of Trooper Engelhardt’s death. In January 2014, he was convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to three years probation. Trooper Engelhardt had served with the Massachusetts State Police for 28 years. She is survived by her daughter.
Trooper Thomas Clardy
End of Watch: March 16, 2016
Trooper Thomas Clardy died from injuries he sustained when his cruiser was struck on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton. He was working an overtime assignment conducting accident reconstruction enforcement when he made a traffic stop. He had returned to his cruiser when another car traveling at a high rate of speed crossed three travel lanes and hit him from behind. He was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries. The driver of the car who struck his cruiser was charged with operating under the influence of marijuana. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and vehicular homicide. Trooper Clardy had served with the Massachusetts State Police for 10 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Crops and the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife and six children.
Officer Harold MacGilvray
End of Watch: October 11, 2018
Metropolitan Police Officer Harold MacGilvray died from complications of injuries sustained in 1978 when he was struck by a car making a traffic stop. He and his partner had stopped a car for speeding on the Southeast Expressway in Dorchester. Officer MacGilvray was standing at the driver’s window when he was struck by a car that drifted onto the shoulder. He was thrown 100 feet and suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital where he underwent 13 hours of surgery before his condition stabilized. The driver who struck him fled the scene but was arrested several days later and charged with driving while intoxicated, operating to endanger, driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident. Officer MacGilvray has served with the Metropolitan Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and children.
Trooper Thomas Devlin
End of Watch: September 3, 2020
Trooper Thomas Devlin died from injuries he sustained in 2018 when he was struck by a car on Route 3 in Billerica while conducting a traffic stop. He was speaking to the driver of the car he stopped when another car entered the shoulder of the roadway and struck him, pinning him between the two cars. He suffered serious head and back injuries. He passed away from complications of the injuries two years later. Trooper Devlin served with the Massachusetts State Police for 33 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.