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Police: Oregon state trooper hurt in crash during pursuit

November 12, 2021 GMT

ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police said one of their troopers was critically hurt during a pursuit along U.S. Route 30 west of St. Helens on Thursday afternoon.

Troopers were pursuing a suspect at about 3:30 p.m. when the driver of the suspect vehicle rammed a state patrol car and struck a state trooper, KOIN-TV reported.

The trooper, whose name has not yet been released, was taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland in critical condition, police said.

No other information was immediately available, including why the suspect was being chased or the condition of the suspect.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is leading an investigation into the incident.