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Maryland State Trooper Injured When Cruiser Hits Tree

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WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. — Maryland State Police say a trooper was seriously injured when his cruiser left Interstate 70 in Howard County and hit a tree.

Police say Cpl. Matthew Telep is in serious condition at Shock Trauma in Baltimore. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Troopers say Telep was in uniform and traveling in a marked patrol car about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on I-70 in West Friendship.

Police say Telelp, a 5-year veteran, was trapped after the crash and was extricated by personnel from the Howard County Fire Department.

The accident is under investigation.

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