Belton: Police officer injured when patrol unit struck on I-35

A Belton police officer who was injured when his patrol unit was struck Wednesday morning at an accident scene in the 1600 block of north Interstate 35 was taken to a local hospital. (Belton Police Dept. photos)

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) A Belton police officer who was injured when his patrol unit was struck Wednesday morning at an accident scene in the 1600 block of north Interstate 35 was taken to a local hospital.

The officer’s patrol car was blocking a lane of traffic on the highway at around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The unit’s emergency lights were on when a vehicle, whose driver was attempting to navigate between the unit and an 18-wheeler, struck the officer’s vehicle.

The officer, whose name was not released, received minor injuries.

A similar incident at around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday on the interstate in West sent a West police officer to the hospital.

Officer Ashley Boyd had been 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.

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.