Michigan trooper dragged several miles after motorcycle struck

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A state trooper was dragged several miles by a car hauling a trailer after being knocked from his motorcycle along a Michigan interstate.

Trooper Chad Wolf was in critical condition following the Friday morning crash on Interstate 75 in Oakland County’s Springfield Township, north of Detroit.

Wolf was on patrol when a 72-year-old motorist hit the motorcycle while changing lanes sometime before 6:30 a.m., Michigan State Police Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said at a news conference.

Wolf was trapped beneath the car or trailer. The driver eventually stopped after pulling into a rest area north of Springfield Township. He is cooperating with investigators. No charges were immediately filed.

“The Michigan State Police is a very tight-knit family and today our hearts are aching and very heavy,” Etue said. “Our troopers know the dangers they face each time they put the uniform on, but you need to know that the calling they have to serve the public is far stronger than the fear.”

The northbound lanes of the busy freeway were shut and expected to remain closed until late Friday afternoon as investigators reconstructed the collision and gathered evidence.

Wolf is married and has four children. He joined the state police in 2008 and has served posts in the Jackson, Flint and Detroit areas.

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