- Associated Press - Saturday, November 21, 2020

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Two Connecticut state troopers and another person were injured late Friday afternoon in a three-car crash on a highway south of Hartford.

State police say the troopers were helping a driver whose car broke down in the left shoulder of Interstate 91 southbound in Wethersfield when another car struck their cruiser, which was pushed into the disabled vehicle. The cruiser also struck Trooper-trainee Nicholas Terry.

Terry’s injuries were “moderate” but not life-threatening, state police aid. Trooper Donald Stankosky and the driver of the car that struck the cruiser, Rafael Mendoza, of East Hartford, suffered minor injuries. All three were brought to a hospital. The driver of the disabled car was not hurt.

Mendoza was following a vehicle in front of him too closely when it suddenly slowed and he swerved to the left to avoid hitting hit, state police said. His car then struck the police cruiser in the left shoulder.

No charges against Mendoza have been announced. A phone number and other contact information for Mendoza could not immediately be found Saturday.

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