Injured ISP trooper participates in D.C. tree lighting

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- After being injured in a car crash while transporting the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, Brandalyn Crapo participated in the lighting of the tree in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night.

The 80 foot Engelmann Spruce from Idaho's Payette National Forest has special meaning for an Idaho State Trooper who traveled all the way from the Gem state.

"It's such a great opportunity. Definitely very appreciative of everyone who put in the time and effort to get me over here," Crapo said.

On Nov. 6, Crapo was leading the escort motorcade for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from McCall to Boise when a pickup truck crossed the center line and collided with her patrol car. She was airlifted to a hospital in Boise to be treated for minor injuries.

"With a quick reaction, I was actually able to turn the steering wheel to the right which probably saved me from a lot more injuries," Crapo said.

Crapo says she was able to crawl out of the drivers seat of the car to safety.

"When I saw my car, I felt extremely fortunate obviously because my car looks a lot worse than I was," she said.

Trooper Crapo returned to work last week and on Tuesday night attended the Capitol Christmas Tree lighting in Washington D.C. as a guest of Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), who is a distant relative.

"We Idahoans are proud to help kick off the Christmas season by presenting the nation with the people's tree," Sen. Crapo said to the crowd gathered for the Christmas tree lighting.

The tree-lighting ceremony was an experience that came full circle for Trooper Crapo.

"This is something I'll cherish, I'm very proud to be here," Crapo said.