BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) - US 35 was shut down early Tuesday morning after a crash involving an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper.
The call came in just before 1:30 a.m., reporting two cars had collided near Shakertown Road-- one of them, an OSP cruiser.
Officials blocked off US 35 eastbound between Shakertown and North Fairfield Roads.
35-year-old Trooper Paul Coates with the Xenia post of OSP was headed eastbound on US 35 when he attempted to pull someone over. That's when the driver of a black car headed westbound turned in front of him.
The collision sent the cruiser into a ditch. Both vehicles were heavily damaged.
Two people from inside the black car, 23-year-old Daniel Hardin and his passenger 27-year-old John Hardin were taken to Miami Valley Hospital, while Coates was taken to Soin Medical Center and later released.
Troopers say the crash should be a warning for other drivers out there.
"Motorists get distracted," says Sgt. Anthony Lauer with the Xenia Patrol Post. "They like to pay attention to the lights. They'll do things such as an improper lane change. They won't pay attention to that vehicle in the left lane."
Sgt. Lauer says it will be about a week before the investigation into the crash is completed.
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