EARTH CITY, Mo. – Two people were taken to nearby hospitals, including a Bridgeton police officer, after an overnight crash on Interstate 70 in Earth City.
Everything unfolded during a traffic stop and involved a driver hitting a Bridgeton police cruiser. Authorities said a 28-year-old Bridgeton police officer was taken to a nearby hospital after suffering injuries. We’re told he has already been treated and released.
Investigators also shared that the driver of the vehicle which hit the Bridgeton police car was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.
This all took place around 1:25 a.m. on I-70 westbound at 141 in Earth City.
Captain Steve Wootten with Bridgeton Police Department told FOX 2 that a Bridgeton officer had a motorist pulled over for a traffic stop on the right shoulder of 70. A second Bridgeton officer parked at an angle where his cruiser was partially in the right lane of the highway so that the officer doing the traffic stop could work safely.
Wootten explained that at that point, a Kia Sorrento slammed into the back of the Bridgeton police cruiser that was stopped at an angle. According to a crash report from the Missouri Highway Patrol, a 70-year-old St. Charles woman was driving the Kia. The impact of the crash sent the police cruiser that was hit into the other police unit.
The crash report said that the other police unit then hit the officer, who was outside his cruiser.
At this point, it’s unclear what caused the Kia driver to hit the police cruiser. The investigation into the crash by the Missouri Highway Patrol is still ongoing.
No details have been released yet about potential charges in the case.