Maryland state trooper struck on 495, hospitalized

PHOTO: (MGN)

PHOTO: (MGN)

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. — A state trooper was hit by a car in an accident Sunday morning as he was monitoring traffic from the shoulder of I-495.

The officer, Trooper First Class Robert Cearfoss, was trapped inside of his patrol car by the force of the accident and had to be extricated by fire and rescue. He was taken by a state police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock/Trauma center.

The driver who struck him was Edwin Cedilloz, 23, who may have been drinking prior to the incident. Police have not yet pressed charges against him and are still investigating. He was also taken to the hospital.

The crash occurred when Cedilloz’s car left the travel portion of the inner loop of the Beltway and smashed into Cearfoss’ patrol car, which was parked on the shoulder of the road as he monitored traffic. A portion of 495 was closed as the trooper was extricated and transported, and as investigation took place.

All lanes re-opened around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.