A Maryland State Police trooper injured after his vehicle struck a tree in Ellicott City Wednesday is listed in serious condition, according to a statement released by spokesman Greg Shipley.
Cpl. Matthew Telep’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening, according to the statement, released Wednesday evening.
Howard County and Maryland State Police responded to eastbound Interstate 70 near MD Route 32 just before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Howard County Police dispatch. When units arrived, according to the statement, they saw a marked state police vehicle off the roadway against a tree.
A witness who called the barrack after the incident said that Telep may have been cut off by another vehicle, according to Shipley.
Telep, who is assigned to the JFK Highway Barrack, was returning home after escorting an oversized load from Baltimore to Western Maryland when he traveled off the right side of I-70, hitting a tree, according to the preliminary investigation. Telep is a five-year veteran of the Maryland State Police.
The eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed during the initial investigation and westbound traffic was briefly blocked while a Maryland State Police helicopter landed, according to Shipley. Telep was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
As of 8:15 p.m., all lanes of I-70 were re-opened, according to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.