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Washington Trooper Trapped in Cruiser Crash

CATHCART, Washington --

A Washington State Patrol trooper was seriously injured in a collision on State Route 9 in the Cathcart area Tuesday afternoon.

The 41-year-old trooper, identified by the Washington State Patrol as Lance Ramsay of Snohomish, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a head laceration and other injuries after he collided with a van shortly after 4:00 p.m.

Chopper 7 filmed images of a badly damaged motorcycle with emergency lights and a red KIA minivan at the scene.

All lanes of Highway 9 near 172nd in Clearview were blocked while officials investigated the incident.

According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary, the driver of the mini-van was attempting to turn left from Highway 9 on the 172nd St SE when Ramsay collided with the rear of the van.

The occupants of the van, the 20-year-old male driver, a 7-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, were not injured in the crash.

The State Patrol is still investigating the cause of the collision.

Highway 9 was re-opened shortly before 7:00 p.m.

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