Two DPS troopers hospitalized, after driver slams into cruiser on I-35

UPDATE: As of 5:07 p.m., per Sergeant DL Wilson, both troopers will be released from the hospital shortly. 

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ORIGINAL STORY

A driver lost control of his 2006 Volvo SUV and crashed into the back of a DPS cruiser around 1:04 p.m. Tuesday, injuring two troopers.

Both DPS troopers were inside their cruiser, parked on the inside shoulder with emergency lights activated, at the time it was rear-ended by the SUV. The troopers had been parked on the southbound side of I-35 -- just north of Crest Drive -- near mile marker 342, where they were investigating an earlier crash in McLennan County. As they were sitting in their vehicle, the SUV hydroplaned, lost control and struck the cruiser -- causing "serious injuries" to both troopers, according to DPS Sgt. D.L. Wilson.

The troopers were transported to Hillcrest Hospital. One was listed in fair condition, and the other was in stable condition, as of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Wilson said DPS would need to complete an investigation before he could comment on whether or not charges would be filed against the SUV driver who lives in Austin. Regardless, Wilson urged all drivers to slow down -- telling Channel 6 there had been multiple crashes Tuesday involving vehicles driving too fast in the rainy weather.

The SUV driver was not hurt -- nor was anyone involved in the previous crash, according to Wilson. The driver was not identified -- described only as a 40-year-old man.

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