Trooper Struck While Directing V.P.’s Traffic

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was struck by a vehicle Thursday morning while directing traffic on Ohio 7 in preparation for Vice President Joe Biden’s arrival in Martins Ferry.

According to Patrol Lt. Anne Ralston, the trooper was among several from a Columbus motorcycle unit who were funneling traffic in the southbound lanes off of the freeway via the Rayland exit around 10:30 a.m. A line of vehicles had formed in the right lane when one of the motorists reentered the left lane, Ralston said. This vehicle collided with the trooper and his motorcycle, which was stationary at the time of the collision, she noted.

The trooper was transported to Wheeling Hospital with non life threatening injuries. He was treated and released hours later, a hospital spokesman said.

The motorcycle was inoperable and had to be towed from the scene, Ralston said.

Biden and his motorcade were farther north at the time of the accident, as troopers were clearing traffic for the vice president’s eventual arrival in Martins Ferry.