West Virginia State Police are asking the public to keep a trooper who was seriously injured on Tuesday in their thoughts and prayers.
Cpl. Josh Ware, 35, was injured while clearing an incident on Interstate 81 in Martinsburg, according to State Police.
The trooper was struck by a downed telecommunications line by a tractor-trailer, State Police said.
State Police said Ware suffered multiple injuries to his head, arm, and leg, and was taken by helicopter to a specialized hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Ware, a member of the Martinsburg detachment, responded about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after an oversize tractor-trailer struck a telecommunications line spanning I-81, State Police said.
After the cable was hit, a telephone pole securing the telephone lines broke, causing both lines to fall onto I-81.
Ware was working with the DOH and had cleared the debris from the southbound lanes, according to First Sg. J.D. Burkhart.
Ware was getting ready to move to the northbound lanes and was standing along the southbound lanes of the interstate against the jersey wall. That’s when a northbound tractor-trailer hit the downed telecommunication line that was lying across the northbound lanes.
The line struck the trooper’s legs, knocking him down and dragging him several feet, according to Burkhart.
Ware was evaluated at Berkeley Medical Center and was then flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Virginia to be treated for his injuries. The trooper’s expected to survive.
The Facebook post from State Police said, “Josh is a dedicated public servant and a father to five kids with his wonderful wife. Josh and his family have a long road in front of them with many challenges ahead.”