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LAUREL, Md (WUSA9) -- A Maryland State trooper's condition improved to serious Thursday night after he was hit by a car during a traffic stop Wednesday on I-95.

The good news? Doctors expect Trooper First Class Wing Tong will pull through. The bad news? This kind of crash is shockingly common.

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Move over if you want to prevent it. It's now the law in all 50 states, but not D.C.

If you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, shift away one lane – or slow way down.

The grisly toll can be seen in scores of YouTube videos. Some 390 police, firefighters, tow truck drivers, and highway workers died in 2005 alone after drivers hit them.

A Maryland State trooper in one horrifying crash in 2012 survived and called in the truck that hit him just before he collapsed on the side of I-70.

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On a single day this past March, drivers hit three different Virginia State troopers.

"All of a sudden, I felt an explosion. Like an explosion. And I remember being pushed forward," Trooper Michael McSellers told reporters a few months ago.

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The woman police blame in the latest crash was not answering the door at her Poolesville home.

Investigators said she's 65-year-old Maureen Walter, a civilian employee of the Maryland State Police.

They said she plowed into TFC Tong's cruiser and the car he'd stopped, critically wounding the trooper.

State police said they're still investigating, and have yet to decide whether to charge Walter in the crash.

The leader of the D.C. police union said a Move Over Law in the city is not a big priority.

Delroy Burton said what little interstate we have in D.C. is usually so jammed that he cannot remember the last time a cruiser was hit.

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