Baltimore Police Officer Hit by Cruiser, Thrown Off I-83

… Northbound highway closed at Falls Road; three others injured …

By Justin Fenton, Steve Kilar and Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

10:59 AM EDT, June 21, 2011

A Baltimore police officer was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center this morning after she was struck by a car on Interstate 83, thrown off the elevated highway and fell 30 feet onto a concrete parking lot, according to a police spokesman.

“All you see was her going over,” said Butch Davis, 63, who was working at a nearby construction site. He said he looked up when he heard a car braking and tires screeching. “The brakes locked up,” he said. “That got my attention. I just hope she’s alright.”

The highway northbound has been shut down from Falls Road to Northern Parkway. Two lanes of southbound I-83 are open, police said. The department warned drivers via Twitter to expect delays due to the crash.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the female officer was standing near a vehicle that was to be towed from an accident south of Northern Parkway, near the Pepsi Plant. He said about 9:20 a.m., the driver of a car lost control, hit her police cruiser, and the cruiser hit the officer.

She suffered multiple leg fractures, among other injuries, Guglielmi said. He said she was conscious when she left in the ambulance. Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III was at Shock Trauma this morning.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Baltimore Fire Department spokesman, said three other people in addition to the police officer were injured — the driver of the vehicle being towed, the tow truck driver and the driver of the vehicle that hit the cruiser.

There were no immediate information on their conditions or to which hospitals they were taken.

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