State trooper seriously hurt in I-691 crash - WFSB 3 Connecticut

State trooper seriously hurt in I-691 crash

Posted: Updated:
A state trooper received serious injuries during a crash on I-691 west in Cheshire Monday. (CT State Police) A state trooper received serious injuries during a crash on I-691 west in Cheshire Monday. (CT State Police)
State trooper  Trooper Jack Kulig was injured injured in the crash. (WFSB photo) State trooper Trooper Jack Kulig was injured injured in the crash. (WFSB photo)
CHESHIRE, CT (WFSB) -

A state trooper was seriously hurt in a crash that happened along Interstate 691 in Cheshire Monday afternoon.

State police said Trooper Jack Kulig responded to a disabled driver who was parked in the center median by exit 3 on the westbound side.

Troopers said Kulig traveled in a way to block traffic so the disabled vehicle could move across the highway into the right lane.

His emergency lights were activated, according to state police.

State police said as the trooper and disabled vehicle moved into the right lane, another vehicle driven by 25-year-old Steven Veras of Rhode Island struck Kulig's cruiser from behind.

The cruiser spun in a clockwise motion into a wire guide rail.

Kulig and Veras were transported to the hospital.

State police said Kulig suffered a suspected serious injury and had to be transported to the hospital. His condition was not released.

Veras was also transported to the hospital, but his injuries were described as minor.

A passenger of Veras also received minor injuries.

State police continue to investigate the crash and were reminding people to obey move over laws. Police said "troopers block and close highway lanes to protect you. They turn their emergency lights on to warn you of a hazard." 

Copyright 2016 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.