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A collision on state Route 85 has left an Arizona Department of Public Safetytrooper injured and has prompted closures near Interstate 10 in Buckeye.

The two-vehicle crash happened just after 6 p.m. Monday, according to department spokesperson Sgt. Kameron Lee.

Troopers had been in the area prior to the incident conducting traffic control and directing all northbound traffic on Route 85 into the right lane.

As cars were moving to the right, the driver of a blue Ford F-150 began to pass traffic on the left and, in doing so, struck the back of a trooper’s patrol vehicle.

The trooper had been parked in the median with the emergency lights on at the time of the collision, said Lee.

Both the trooper and the driver of the Ford pickup were transported to local hospitals with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Lee said.

Impairment is being investigated as a factor in this crash, said Lee.

The Arizona Department of Transportation reported that the crash closed Route 85 northbound at milepost 154, near the I-10.

All northbound traffic is being directed to exit at Broadway Road, and there is no estimated time to reopen the lanes.

More updates will be made available as the investigation continues.

Reach breaking news reporter Salma Reyes at [email protected] or on Twitter @r_salma_

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