Reporting Carl Stevens
BOSTON (CBS) – State Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck a State Trooper and left him with serious injuries Tuesday morning.
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Trooper Joseph Drane was standing on the road looking for speeders on the ramp from Frontage Road to the Massachusetts Turnpike when he was hit just after 9 a.m.
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“The Trooper was outside his cruiser, on the ramp to Route 90 Eastbound coming from Route 93 Northbound, prior to the entrance to the Ted Williams Tunnel. He was signaling a vehicle to stop and that vehicle struck him and then fled the scene,” police said in a statement.
Trooper Drane was awake and talking when he was taken to Boston Medical Center.
“He’s conscious, he’s got a broken leg, he’s got some head injuries and some facial injuries and he’s got an injury to his arm,” State Police Colonel Marian McGovern told reporters Thursday afternoon.
“We’re hoping for the best.”
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The ramp is in a tunnel and there are several video surveillance cameras mounted in the area.
Police are now searching that video to find the driver.
Investigators are looking for a dark colored, mid-size sedan with right front quarter-panel damage. They are also trying to track down two other vehicles that may have been cut off by the sedan – a white van and a silver or white Toyota Camry.
Anyone with information is asked to call State Police at (508) 820-2121.
Trooper Drane is a 24-year veteran of the force. He’s 55 years old and has a wife and two children. He’s also a veteran.
“It’s more than frustrating. We keep saying, what more can we do?” McGovern said, noting that several troopers have been hit on the job in recent years.
“We meet with our legislators, we meet with the Registry of Motor Vehicles, we meet with the people in the court system to work collectively as a team so that we’re all working for one common goal, and it keeps happening.”