The wreckage of the cruiser
The wreckage of the cruiser
Massachusetts State Police

A state trooper was taken to the hospital early this morning after a pickup truck, driven by a man who may have fallen asleep at the wheel, smashed into the trooper’s cruiser, said David Procopio, State Police spokesman.

The crash happened at 3:40 a.m. on Interstate 95 southbound near Exit 11 in Canton, Procopio said.

Firefighters pulled the trooper, Kenneth Downey, 27, from his vehicle, Procopio said. Downey was alert and conscious but in pain.

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He was taken to Boston Medical Center and has since been released.

The driver of the pickup trick, Ricardo Lepe, 35, of Beverly and his two passengers were taken to Norwood Hospital with minor injuries, Procopio said.

Lepe will be summonsed to court for operating to endanger and failure to observe marked lanes.

An investigation indicated that the Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling at about 60 miles per hour when Lepe may have fallen asleep and drifted into the parked cruiser, Procopio said.

The trooper was on a paving detail when he was struck, Procopio said. The accident caused extensive damage to the cruiser.

“The incident was yet another example of the dangers troopers face protecting the state’s roadways,” Procopio said in a statement.