State trooper injured in crash on I-91 South in Hartford


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut State Police reported a crash involving a state trooper on I-91 southbound in Hartford on Tuesday evening.

State police were dispatched to the area of Exit 27 on I-91 South at 9:39 p.m for reports of a motor vehicle crash.

State police say 23-year-old Trooper Chandler Chasse was seated in his cruiser stopped along the left lane of a closed construction zone when a driver operating a Saturn Aura entered the closed construction lane, struck the jersey barrier and then struck the left side of the cruiser.

There were two Toyota Tacomas parked in front of the cruiser in the construction zone. From the impact of the crash, the cruiser hit one parked vehicle, which then struck the other parked vehicle.

The involved trooper had to be extricated from his cruiser.

Trooper Chasse, along with the two Toyota passengers, sustained minor injuries. The Saturn operator was evaluated for a non-life threatening head injury. All four involved were transported to an area hospital for injuries sustained during the crash.

This investigation is ongoing. It is unclear if the driver will be charged.

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