OCTOBER 21, 2020 (OMAHA, NEB.) — A Nebraska State Trooper was hospitalized this morning after his patrol unit was struck on Interstate 80 in the western Omaha metro area. The trooper was inside the patrol unit at the time of the crash.
At approximately 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, troopers responded to reports of road damage on eastbound I-80 near Giles Road. Sarpy County Deputies and road construction teams were also on scene. Troopers blocked off the far right lane of traffic for construction workers to repair on the road.
About an hour after the initial response, a trooper’s patrol unit was struck from the rear by a Lexus SUV. The trooper’s patrol unit was stationary and blocking the far right lane of I-80. The trooper was inside the vehicle at the time of the crash and the trooper’s emergency lights were active while he was blocking traffic.
The trooper and driver of the Lexus SUV were both transported to Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha with non-life-threatening injuries. The trooper has since been released from the hospital.
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.