Ohio state police release dash cam footage of trooper striking big rig

An Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser sits sandwiched under a semi-trailer after a trooper drove into the back of it on Dec. 15 in Columbus, Ohio. (Courtesy: Twitter user @CiaraVLucas)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dash camera footage from an Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) trooper’s car shows the moment he struck the rear of a tractor-trailer along Interstate 70 in Columbus.

OSHP officials said the trailer’s rear impact guard likely helped save the life of trooper Jarid Fitzpatrick, 25, who slammed into it in the early morning hours of Dec. 15.

Fitzpatrick, who was not on call at the time of the accident, was hospitalized in serious condition but is expected to recover.

The truck driver, Thomas Ervin, 58, of Heath, Ohio, was not hurt. Fitzpatrick called for assistance on his radio following the crash, which sandwiched the front half of his cruiser underneath the semi-trailer.

The cause of the accident has not been released and is still under investigation.