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State trooper injured after police cruiser involved in crash overnight

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A State Police Trooper suffered minor injuries after crash early Monday morning. (CT State Police) A State Police Trooper suffered minor injuries after crash early Monday morning. (CT State Police)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -

A trooper was hospitalized with "minor injuries" after his state police cruiser was hit while driving on Interstate 91 in Middletown early Monday morning.

State police said it happened just north of exit 20 on the northbound side just before 1 a.m. 

Troopers said 24-year-old Joshua Rita, of Meriden, hit the rear of the parked cruiser despite its emergency lights being active.

Rita's vehicle continued north and went across all three lanes before hitting a wire rope guardrail off of the right shoulder.

Troopers said about 20 feet of wire rope guardrail was damaged on both the left and right shoulders.

The cruiser sustained heavy backside damage. Rita's vehicle was also heavily damaged.

Both had to be towed from the scene.

The trooper in the cruiser and Rita had minor injuries. Both were transported to Hartford Hospital.

Police said they had previously closed the left lane of the highway, so Department of Transportation crews could repair a guardrail from a crash that happened beforehand.

State police are reminding drivers to slow down when approaching a work zone. 

State police said the case remains under investigation.

To see photos of the crash on your mobile device, click here.

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