Trooper Uninjured In Route 40 Crash, K-9 Partner In ICU


A Delaware State Police K-9 is recovering from injuries suffered in a crash that closed Route 40 for hours last night.

The Trooper was out of his vehicle assisting the driver of a disabled vehicle, near Troop 2 on Route 40, when a driver traveling approximately 60 mph slammed into his patrol vehicle.

The Trooper and the driver of the of the other vehicle saw the car approaching rapidly with no headlights on, according to a report on social media.

The K-9 Trooper was transported to an emergency vet hospital, where he was treated for a puncture on his leg, cut over his eye, broken tooth, lacerated tongue, partially fractured pelvis, a concussion and was kept in ICU overnight for observation.

The driver of the striking vehicle, a 36-year-old New Jersey, woman, has been charged with driving under the influence, failing to change lanes for a stopped emergency vehicle, failure to have her lights on,  operating an unregistered motor vehicle, and inattentive driving.

We understand that other outlets are reporting the name of the Trooper and posting the Troopers Facebook page online. We have a policy of not posting the personal pages of police officers. Please do not link to that page in our post.


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