Driver crashes into DPS vehicle during commercial vehicle inspection

Jul 4, 2024, 10:23 AM

DPS suspects impairment a factor as trooper's truck sandwiched...

A trooper's truck was sandwiched on State Route 347 on Wednesday. (AZDPS photo)

(AZDPS photo)

PHOENIX — A man was hospitalized after crashing into a patrol truck with the Department of Public Safety on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

DPS said the crash took place on State Route 347 in the city of Maricopa around 6:30 a.m.

The DPS truck was unoccupied at the time of the collision. The trooper whose truck was collided into was performing a commercial vehicle inspection.

The trooper’s vehicle had emergency and hazard lights activated before the passing motorist struck it, DPS said.

The DPS sergeant and the commercial vehicle driver were both unharmed by the crash.

However, the driver who collided with the DPS vehicle had injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, DPS said.

Although an investigation is underway, DPS said impairment is believed to have been a factor in this crash.

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Driver crashes into DPS vehicle during commercial vehicle inspection