Driver summoned after state trooper’s cruiser broadsided on Turnpike

This state police cruiser driven by Trooper William Baker was destroyed in an accident on the Maine Turnpike on Sunday.
Maine State Police
This state police cruiser driven by Trooper William Baker was destroyed in an accident on the Maine Turnpike on Sunday.
Posted Dec. 02, 2013, at 3:07 p.m.

YORK, Maine — A state police trooper escaped major injury Sunday morning when his cruiser was broadsided on the Maine Turnpike.

William Baker was treated for bumps and bruises at a York hospital and released following the crash, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Baker was sitting in his parked cruiser at the site of another accident when Kaitlin St. Peter, 21, of Dracut, Mass., lost control of her vehicle on the icy highway, McCausland said. St. Peter’s vehicle struck the center guardrail, skidded across three lanes of traffic and slammed into Baker’s cruiser on the driver’s side.

Baker’s cruiser, a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, was demolished in the crash, while St. Peter wasn’t seriously injured. She was summoned for imprudent speed.

Speed limits on the Turnpike were 45 miles per hour at the time of the accident.

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