Driver strikes trooper’s patrol car on US 24, injuring trooper and passenger


WATERVILLE – A trooper and a Grand Rapids teen were injured after a Tesla struck the patrol vehicle that they were sitting in, on Friday morning on U.S. 24.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating an injury crash that occurred at 8:21 a.m. on eastbound Route 24 near state milepost 64 in Waterville Township.

At the time of the crash, Trooper Jacob Teal, 39, of the Toledo post was investigating a previous crash when his patrol car was struck.

The patrol car, a Chevrolet Tahoe, was positioned in the left lane with its emergency lights activated behind the vehicle from the initial crash, a Cadillac sedan that came to rest in the roadway after striking a guardrail.

Teal was sitting in his patrol car with a passenger, the driver from the initial crash, Makenzy May Marvel Duncan, 16, Grand Rapids, gathering information about the crash, when his patrol car was struck in the rear by a Tesla Model 3, operated by Colte Fish, 32, Perrysburg.

Teal and Duncan sustained minor injuries. Both were transported by ground ambulance to McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital. Fish was not injured.

The eastbound lanes of Route 24 were closed for less than an hour and have since reopened.

The patrol was assisted at the scene by the Waterville Police Department, Waterville Township Police Department, Maumee Police Division, Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, Waterville Fire Department and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

The patrol reminds motorists to slow down anytime there is inclement weather and to proceed with caution when they see flashing lights ahead

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