Ky. Officer Struck While Investigating Crash

A Louisville Metro Police officer is recovering after being hit in the blind curve at Interstate 64 west and Interstate 65 south.


LOUISVILLE, Ky, --

A Louisville Metro Police officer is recovering after being hit in the blind curve at Interstate 64 west and Interstate 65 south.

Police said the officer was investigating another accident when he was hit.

"He had not been on the accident for long. He actually had requested back up given the location of the spot. Unfortunately the accident occurred before back up was able to get there to block off vehicles further down the road," said LMPD Lt. Col. Kenton Buckner.

The officer is in stable condition at University Hospital, according to police.

Police said the officer responded to a single-car crash at interstates 64 west and 65 south around 9:30 a.m. The vehicle was pinned on the guardrail.

During the officer’s investigation, another vehicle came around the curve and hit the back of the first vehicle, police said.

"Traffic accidents is the No. 1 fatality of police officers," said Buckner. "It's a hazard we accept and we understand and try to take precautions to mitigate that but it's a dangerous part of what we do."

According to police, the officer was pinned between the first vehicle and the guardrail.

Police said a Good Samaritan passing by stopped to help the officer. Police said the man driving a gray Chevy Avalanche used a strap on his truck to pull the vehicle off the officer. Now, police are looking for that man to say thank you for helping the injured officer.

The officer suffered a broken leg and possible concussion.

Police said the investigation is still in the preliminary stages and the driver who struck the officer is not charged.

Police are not releasing the injured officer's name. No one else was injured.

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