State trooper struck by car on Turnpike, flown to hospital

A New Jersey State Trooper was struck by a car on the New Jersey Turnpike in Burlington County on Friday afternoon and flown to the hospital.

The trooper, whose name was not released, was “awake, alert and talking” at Cooper University Health Care with a “non life-threatening” leg injury as of 4 p.m., New Jersey State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele said.

The trooper was hit around 3 p.m. near mile marker 47.7 in Springfield after he got out of his car to investigate an earlier crash, Peele said.

The driver who hit the officer stopped and was cooperating with police, he said.

“It’s still very early in the investigation, but the important thing is that the trooper is OK and driver is cooperating in the investigation,” Peele said.

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