Police: Distracted driver runs red light, crashes with MSP troop - WNEM TV 5

Police: Distracted driver runs red light, crashes with MSP trooper

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities say a Mid-Michigan man and a Michigan State Police trooper escaped with minor injuries after a crash in Tuscola County. 

It happened about 4:03 a.m. Monday, June 11 at the intersection of Mertz Road and Sanilac Road in Fremont Township.

Investigators said a 2004 Nissan Quest was traveling east on Sanilac Road when the driver looked away from the road to retrieve an item from the passenger seat of his vehicle.

Police said the driver went through a red light at the intersection. A Michigan State Police patrol Tahoe traveling south on Mertz Road was unable to avoid a collision with the Nissan.

The driver of the Nissan, a 22-year-old Caro man, was taken by ambulance to the hospital for minor injuries.

The trooper, from the Caro Post, was also taken by ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

MSP wants to remind drivers that reaching for items within the vehicle is a form of distracted driving. 

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