Officer struck while directing traffic in East Hampton - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Officer struck while directing traffic in East Hampton

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A police officer is recovering after being struck by an SUV while directing traffic (WFSB) A police officer is recovering after being struck by an SUV while directing traffic (WFSB)
EAST HAMPTON, CT (WFSB) -

An East Hampton police officer is recovering after being struck by an SUV while directing traffic on Sunday night on West High Street.

Connecticut State Trooper, Kelly Grant said that the officer is alert and conscious at Hartford Hospital after being airlifted to the accident. 

The officer's name has not yet been released pending notification of family.

The area in front of St. Patrick's Church on West High Street was cordoned off with yellow police tape as crews investigated and reconstructed the accident.

Crews believe a gray or silver Toyota RAV-4 struck the officer. The vehicle remained on the scene. Troopers said the driver is okay. 

The officer was assisting an Eversource crew that was repairing an outage in the area when struck on Sunday evening, Eversource spokesman, Mitch Gross said.

The Connecticut State Police will oversee the investigation to ensure impartiality. The State Police accident reconstruction unit was called in to assist. 

Town Manager, Mike Maniscalso, expressed his condolences for the officer who was struck and the officer's family, as well as the East Hampton Police Department.

The road was closed in both directions, but has since reopened.

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