A state trooper was seriously injured yesterday in Annapolis after his cruiser slid under the bed of a tractor-trailer turning left in front of him, pinning him in the wreckage for an hour, police said.
The 11:15 a.m. accident shut down traffic on Rowe Boulevard, the major thoroughfare into Annapolis, for almost three hours, causing gridlock as traffic was diverted to surrounding side streets.
Tfc. David M. Hammel, 26, a seven-year veteran, was listed in serious but stable condition yesterday afternoon at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Trooper Hammel was driving north on Rowe Boulevard near the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium when a tractor-trailer traveling south on the same street turned left onto Taylor Avenue, into the path of Trooper Hammel's cruiser, said 1st Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, a state police spokesman.
The truck, driven by Frank R. Ferguson, 54, of Meridian, Idaho, was carrying pieces of a crane being delivered to the construction site at the Old Severn River Bridge. The truck is owned by Anderson Trucking Service in St. Cloud, Minn.
Trooper Hammel's cruiser slid under the bed of the tractor-trailer, pinning him inside. After he was removed from the wreckage, Trooper Hammel was flown by MedEvac helicopter to the trauma center in Baltimore. He was being treated for facial cuts and bruises and a broken leg.
Rowe Boulevard was completely closed until shortly after 2 p.m. and traffic coming into the city was diverted through the neighborhood surrounding the stadium.
About a dozen Annapolis City police officers directed traffic around the state capital.
Mr. Ferguson was cited for failing to yield while making a left turn, police said.