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West Virginia State Police trooper hurt in cruiser accident

January 03, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A West Virginia State Police trooper was expected to return to work Wednesday after wrecking his police cruiser en route to a reported assault New Year's Day in Morgan County, according to West Virginia State Police First Sgt. E.D. Burnett.

Trooper J.C. McDonald was released from War Memorial Hospital after being treated for minor injuries after the accident at about 8:20 a.m. on W.Va. 9, Burnett said.

McDonald lost control of his cruiser on a patch of black ice. The vehicle spun around and traveled off the right side of the road and struck a tree, Burnett said. McDonald suffered a bruise on the back of his head and a contusion under his right eye.

The cruiser is going to be examined to get a damage estimate and to determine if it can be repaired, Burnett said.

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