West: Officer taken to local hospital after unit struck on I-35

Several vehicles were involved in a series of wrecks on I-35 in West. Police said two drivers lost control of their vehicles. A West Police Department unit was rear-ended at the scene. (West Police Dept. photo)

WEST, Texas (KWTX) A driver on I-35 lost control of a vehicle on the wet highway and struck a West Police Department unit at the scene of a wreck.

Police said that at about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, Officer Ashley Boyd was requested by the Texas Highway Patrol to assist with traffic control after a wreck on I-35 south at Marable Street.

Several minutes later, a driver lost control of a vehicle "due to the wet roadway" and the vehicle struck the rear of Boyd's police unit.

"The impact was great enough to cause a 'whiplash' effect to Officer Boyd," the department said.

The officer was transported by West EMS to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.

After being treated, it was determined he had no broken bones but would be "very sore."

A wrecker that responded to the second wreck involving the police unit was struck by another vehicle whose driver also lost control due to the wet roadway, police said.

Police urged drivers to remember to slow down on wet roadways.