I-75 north of Detroit was closed after the accident for an investigation and clean-up. Over 35 troopers and first responders were on scene. The northbound portion of the interstate did not reopen until 5p.m.
The northbound lanes of I-75 at Dixie Highway were closed from Ortonville to Holly Road.
The MSP trooper was dragged by a car that was driven by a 72-year-old man, from Waterford, for at least 2.5 miles. The trooper held onto the back of a trailer that was being towed by the driver when he was hit while operating his motorcycle while on duty. The injured Michigan State trooper has been identified as Chad Wolf.
The accident occurred around 6:30a.m. on Friday, August 28th, 2015.
The driver of the car was located at the Holly rest stop which is 4.3 miles from the accident scene.
Wolf was transferred to Genesys Health System in Grand Blanc. Wolf is in a medically induced coma at this time. He remains in critical condition.
Statement from Michigan State Police – Taylor, MI
The Michigan State Police (MSP) is confirming that Tpr. Chad Wolf of the MSP Second District, Special Enforcement Section, Motor Unit was struck while on patrol this morning on northbound I-75 near Dixie Highway in Springfield Township, Oakland County. Wolf has been transported to the hospital.
“We ask that you please keep Trooper Wolf and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP.
The involved driver has been identified and is cooperating with police. The MSP is conducting a full investigation into this matter.
Wolf enlisted with the MSP in 2008. He has served at the Jackson, Flint and Metro posts.
Statement from Gov. Rick Snyder
A Michigan State Police Trooper was struck this morning on I-75 during a traffic stop north of Detroit. This is a stark reminder that our troopers put their own safety at risk every single day to protect ours. Please join me in praying for him, his family, and the doctors and nurses in charge of his care.