ISP trooper injured when his patrol vehicle was hit while investigating crash

PORTER COUNTY, Ind. -- An Indiana State Police trooper was injured while investigating a crash on I-94 Monday afternoon.

Police said Master Trooper Jeff Council responded to the 20.2 mile marker on I-94 to investigate a single vehicle crash.

A vehicle had driven through high water and crashed.

Trooper Council was in his marked vehicle with  his emergency lights activated when a Kia drover through the same standing water, lost control and spun into the path of a semi, police said.

The semi struck the Kia, causing the Kia to hit the police car.

The semi then jackknifed and also struck Trooper Council's patrol car.

Master Trooper Council was in the driver's seat of his vehicle at the time of the crash. He had to be removed from the vehicle by first responders.

The trooper was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Portage Fire, Portage Police, Valparaiso Police, Precision Towing, Porter County Sheriff, INDOT, and Hoosier Helpers assisted at the scene.

Indiana State Police said this was the sixth crash this year where a Lowell trooper has been struck by another vehicle either in or outside their patrol car.

In Indiana, the law requires drivers to yield to stopped emergency vehicles by slowing down when approaching emergency lights and switching lanes when its safe.

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