A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was injured early Monday morning when a semi truck crashed into a parked utility truck, pushing the truck into the back of the trooper’s parked cruiser.
The crash shut down I-4 westbound near Osceola Parkway for hours on Monday morning.
Troopers said it was just after 1:30 a.m. when the semi tractor-trailer driven by 35-year-old Lucumy Ramirez of Miami was traveling westbound on I-4 near the Orange-Osceola county line and smashed into rear of a parked utility truck.
The force of the impact caused a chain reaction crash that sent the utility truck into the back of the FHP cruiser that was parked in the construction zone.
According to the report, Trooper Carlos A. Alves-Ferrer was taken to the hospital. His injuries were minor.
The trooper’s cruiser was badly damaged. The semi hit with such force that it compressed the trunk into the back seat.
Christopher Elam, 30, of Deltona was in the utility truck at the time of the crash and had minor injuries.
Ramirez was not seriously injured, according to the report. He was ticketed for careless driving.