By Dave Rogers
---- — NEWBURYPORT — A Massachusetts state trooper received minor injuries Monday night after his cruiser was struck by a deer on Interstate 95 in Newburyport.
Trooper Joseph LeBlanc Jr., 58, was traveling southbound in the left-hand lane near exit 57 in Newburyport around 10:35 p.m. when the deer struck his cruiser, according to state police spokesman David Procopio.
As a result, LeBlanc suffered minor hand injuries and was transported to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, where he was treated and released, according to a hospital spokesperson.
The cruiser, a Crown Victoria sedan, suffered extensive damage and was towed to the Troop A barracks in Danvers. LeBlanc is currently assigned to a barracks along the Massachusetts Turnpike. The fate of the deer was unknown, according to Procopio.
“As we do with any cruiser crash, we’re going conduct an investigation, but it seems pretty straightforward,” Procopio said, adding that collisions between cruisers and deer are fairly uncommon.
The highway was not closed as a result of the accident. Assisting state police were members of the Newburyport Fire Department and an Atlantic Ambulance crew.