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DPS investigating accident that injured female trooper; released from hospital Thursday morning
UPDATE: The identity of the trooper struck while working an accident scene in Orange County has been released.
Trooper Kimberly Ousman, 22, is currently recovering at home while the Texas Department of Public Safety investigates why a driver struck her.
Ousman responded to the scene of a one-vehicle crash at about 10:47 Wednesday on I-10 eastbound at FM 1136, according to a news release.
She was legally parked partially in the inside eastbound lane of IH-10 with her patrol unit emergency lights activated, according to the preliminary crash investigation.
Ousman was assisting the driver who had spun out of control due to recent rain and had come to rest facing west in the eastbound lanes of I-10, according to the news release.
After the first initial crash, a 2004 Mercury passenger van driven by 71-year-old Will Houston of Lake Charles failed to control speed and struck Ousmans' patrol unit from behind, the release stated.
Houston was also traveling eastbound on I-10.
Ousman was injured as a result of her patrol vehicle hitting the vehicle involved in the first crash while she was standing at the driver side window, the release stated.
She was transported to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Beaumont with unknown injuries and was later released early Thursday morning with minor injuries.
No other injuries were reported as a result of this crash. Houston was charged with Fail to Control Speed. The Orange Fire Department, Orange Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office assisted Highway Patrol Troopers at the scene. The crash remains under investigation by the Texas Highway Patrol.
SOUTHEAST TEXAS- A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper is recovering at home while the agency investigates why a driver struck her while she was working an accident scene in Orange County.
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The DPS will close IH-10 East at FM 1136 from 9 a.m. - noon Thursday to reconstruct and investigate the accident.
Doctors at Christus Hospital Saint Elizabeth in Beaumont treated the trooper for what are described as minor injuries and released her early Thursday morning, according to information provided to KFDM News by DPS Sgt. Chuck Havard. She's recovering at home.
The female trooper was working an accident scene and was struck by another vehicle at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday on IH-10 East at FM 1136 near mile marker 870.
The preliminary crash investigation indicates that the trooper was struck by her patrol car after it was hit by another vehicle traveling east on IH-10.
The DPS is investigating why the driver struck the trooper. The DPS says additional information will be provided once it completes the crash investigation.