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Two Drivers Cited with OUI after Two Accidents Involving State Police Cruisers

RANDOLPH, Mass. (WGGB/AP) — Two Massachusetts state police cruisers have been struck by other vehicles in separate overnight highway crashes.

State police said a trooper suffered minor injuries early Wednesday after another vehicle plowed into the back of his cruiser in the westbound lanes of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton. The trooper, who was working a paid construction detail, was treated at a hospital and released.

The other car flipped over and firefighters extricated the driver, who was hospitalized.

State Police spokesperson David Procopio identifies the driver in the Newton crash as 30-year-old Peter Okara of Reading. He will be cited for operating under the influence, entering a restricted zone, and operating to endanger.

A short time before that crash in Randolph, state police said a vehicle going the wrong way on Route 24 struck a cruiser and three other cars.

The trooper, who was outside the cruiser, was not hurt.

Two other people suffered minor injuries.

State Police have identified the driver in that crash as Mary McLaughlin, 25, of Weymouth. She was taken to the hospital and released into State Police custody. She is being charged with operating under the influence, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and wrong way operation.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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