State trooper taken to hospital after crash in I-74 construction zone

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State trooper car hit on Iu-74 in Shelby County (Photo provided by ISP Sgt. John Perrine)

SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. — An Indiana State Police trooper was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after an interstate crash overnight in Shelby County.

Officials confirm Master Trooper Jeremy Basso was in a parked police cruiser in a construction zone on westbound I-74 near mile marker 112 when it happened. At the time, he was providing traffic control and protection to construction workers.

Around 2:50 a.m., the police cruiser was hit from the rear by a Ford Explorer. Basso was able to get out of the vehicle on his own and radio for help.

Investigators determined Basso had his emergency lights on and was parked in a closed lane behind construction workers. The lane was closed for about half a mile leading up to mile marker 112, with several signs and orange barrels marking the closure.

The driver of the Explorer is said to have hit several barrels before crashing into Basso’s vehicle.

Both Basso and the SUV driver were taken to the hospital. The trooper’s injuries were serious, the other driver’s were not life-threatening.

The SUV driver, 21-year-old Mason Durrett of Indianapolis, was arrested at the hospital on the preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. 

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