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Condition upgraded of officer who fell from I-83

The Baltimore police officer who fell off an elevated section of the Jones Falls Expressway in an accident Tuesday has been upgraded to serious condition, said a hospital representative Thursday evening.

Officer Teresa Rigby had been listed in critical condition Wednesday after undergoing two surgeries, one to repair a fractured leg and pelvis. Rigby also underwent facial reconstruction surgery at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to a Police Department spokesman.

The 27-year-old who patrolled North Baltimore was standing near a disabled vehicle waiting for it to be towed when a Saab crashed into the back of her cruiser. The police car surged forward and struck Rigby, sending her over a retaining wall and plummeting 30 feet to a parking lot below.

The crash was in the northbound lanes of Interstate 83, near the Pepsi plant south of Cold Spring Lane.

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