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Officer taken to Shock Trauma after patrol car gets rear-ended during investigation

Posted: 2:36 PM, Jul 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-11 14:42:43-04
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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — A Howard County Police Officer was taken to Shock Trauma after his patrol car was struck during an accident investigation in Ellicott City.

According to police, the officer responded to a report of a property damage collision on the ramp from Route 100 westbound to Route 29 northbound Thursday morning.

They say he was in the driver's seat of his patrol car with emergency lights activated and stopped in the right lane in an effort to divert traffic from the reported car collision. Police say that's when he was rear-ended by a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

The officer was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where officials say he is in fair condition. The driver of the PT Cruiser was transported to St. Agnes Hospital with minor injuries.

Howard County Police are using this incident to remind drivers of Maryland’s Move Over law. It requires drivers approaching a stopped emergency or service vehicle with red, yellow or amber flashing to move over a lane or slow to a reasonable speed while passing.