Master Trooper Aaron Segrest, 53, was injured Wednesday morning, March 5, 2014, when his unmarked squad car was struck by Melldoran Rambo, 61, Star City, Ind. on northbound Interstate 65 south of U.S. 30. | Indiana State Police photo
Updated: March 5, 2014 2:46PM
An Indiana State Police trooper was injured Wednesday after a driver lost control of his pickup truck on Interstate 65 in Merrillville and struck the trooper’s car.
According to a press release from the State Police, Master Trooper Aaron Segrest, 53, a 29-year veteran, was investigating a two-vehicle crash at about 10 a.m. south of the U.S. 30 exit when his car was struck by Melldoran Rambo, 61 of Star City, Ind., who was driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck.
Segrest’s emergency lights were activated on the shoulder of the northbound lanes when, Rambo said, he was cut off by a semitrailer forcing him to brake aggressively. He then, according to police, lost control of the truck and hit Segrest’s unmarked car.
Rambo’s rear right quarter panel hit the left rear of the police car and came to rest blocking both lanes of I-65.
Segrest was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart with non-life threatening injuries. Rambo and his passenger, Kay Rambo, 62, of Star City, were taken to South Lake Methodist Hospital in Merrillville with non-life threatening injuries.
Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.