A state trooper and a Silver Spring man were injured Thursday when the man struck the trooper's cruiser on Interstate 95 in Elkridge.

Trooper Tristen Phillip, 27, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, said police spokesman Cpl. DaVaughn Parker.


The driver who struck Phillip's vehicle, Rodney Irons Jr., 31, of Silver Spring was taken to Howard County General Hospital.

The trooper was inside his marked cruiser on the right shoulder of southbound I-95 north of Route 100 about 2:30 p.m. with his lights flashing while he assisted an elderly couple with a disabled vehicle, according to police.

Irons was driving a black Dodge Stratus in the right lane, next to the shoulder, when he lost control of the vehicle, striking the cruiser from the rear, Parker said. The cruiser then struck the disabled vehicle.

The couple inside the disabled vehicle refused medical treatment at the scene.

Parker said drivers should heed the "move over" law that requires them to change lanes to create space when emergency vehicles are stopped with lights activated on the side of the highway.

"We don't need any more examples" of motorists failing to obey the law, Parker said.

Police are investigating. Parker said Irons was driving without a license and that charges against him were pending.

The crash temporarily slowed southbound traffic along I-95.

Phillip, a two-year member of the state police, is assigned to patrol duties at the Waterloo barrack.