UPDATE: Injured Officer Remains ‘Critical,’ More Surgery Ahead

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 – Scott Wykoff, Steve Fermier, Bill Vanko, Anne Kramer and Robert Lang
A Baltimore police officer injured in an accident on the Jones Falls Expressway which knocked her over the wall of the elevated highway onto a parking lot below remains in critical but stable condition.  

That’s according to Anthony Guglielmi, police department spokesman, who said that was the latest condition report he had received. 

Officer Teresa Rigby, a three-year veteran of the force, had the first of possibly multiple surgeries at Shock Trauma.  She is expected to have surgery again today.

City Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright tells WBAL Radio Rigby had stopped on the shoulder of the northbound JFX to assist a disabled motorist.

Cartwright says Rigby was outside the cruiser when a car struck her vehicle. Rigby fell over a barricade and landed on the parking lot of the Pepsi plant which is about 25 feet below the expressway.

Baltimore City Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld told reporters investigators are not sure if Rigby was struck by her vehicle, or if she jumped over the barricade to get out of the way.

Rigby was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma.  Three other people were also injured in the accident.

Shock Trauma Director Dr. Thomas Scalea told reporters that  “She is somewhat tenuous, but we are making progress.” 

It was not clear this morning if she underwent surgery.

The northbound JFX was closed from Gay Street in downtown Baltimore to the Coldspring Lane from around 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m..

Southbound JFX at Coldspring Lane reopened to traffic at around 10:50 a.m.


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