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    State Police trooper injured after drunk driver hits cruiser

    A State Police trooper was injured early Saturday morning when an alleged drunk driver rear-ended his cruiser while the trooper was responding to two other crashes nearby.

    The driver rear-ended the trooper around 12:37 a.m. on Route 24 northbound, at the merge with Interstate 93 northbound. The trooper had been stationed there to slow traffic in the area as troopers dealt with the two other crashes, said Dave Procopio, a State Police spokesman.

    The trooper was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Milton with non-life-threatening injuries. Troopers arrested the driver, identified only as female, for driving while under the influence of alcohol, and she was taken to the State Police barracks in Milton to be booked, Procopio said.

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    The crash that initially drew State Police to the scene was a rollover on Interstate 93 northbound at Exit 5 in Randolph. Six people were injured and taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

    Another crash occurred at the same scene shortly afterward between two other cars. No injuries were reported in that crash.

    Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.