A Maryland State trooper was recovering Monday from injuries sustained when his patrol car was struck by a vehicle along Interstate 695 in the Essex area. The accident closed the outer loop of the beltway for about three hours during the morning commute.

Police said Trooper First Class Christopher Hall, 28, a 10-year veteran assigned to the Golden Ring Barrack, was responding to an earlier accident and was parked in the highway left lane, with the car's lights activated, near Southeastern Boulevard at about 6:30 a.m.

While Hall was in the patrol car, a Dodge Stratus driven by Vicente Lopez-Calixto, 63, of Baltimore, struck the car in the rear.

Emergency personnel responded and transported Hall to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. A police dispatcher said the injuries were considered non-life threatening.

Lopez-Calixto was charged for violating the state's "move over" law — which requires drivers to move to an open lane at the site of a traffic stop if possible — and for failing to control the speed of his vehicle to avoid a collision. Police said there was no evidence of any alcohol or other factor in the crash.

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