LOUISVILLE, KY – A Louisville Metro Police officer was seriously injured after reportedly being struck by a vehicle on the morning of December 18th while the officer was actively working the scene of a separate accident.

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Shortly after 10:00 a.m., an LMPD officer was among those who responded and were working the scene of a vehicular accident at the Mellwood Avenue exit nearby the overpass where Payne Street crosses over I-64.

While the officer was outside of his patrol vehicle assisting the inspection of one of the cars involved in the aforementioned accident, the officer was reportedly struck by a truck that was driving past the scene of the accident.

Officials reported that the severity of the impact resulted in the officer being unable to breath for a short period of time. The officer was rushed to University of Louisville Hospital, which is where officials say he had surgery.

In a statement released by the Louisville Metro Council, prayers were extended toward the injured officer and his family.

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“Metro Council is praying for the LMPD officer who was seriously injured while providing assistance on I-64 Saturday morning,” the statement said. “We’re offering our love and support to the officer’s family in this overwhelming and stressful time. Metro Council is sincerely grateful for the brave men and women who protect this community every day, despite the constant risks they face.”

Initial reports of the incident coined it as being a hit-and-run, but officials later clarified that was not the case. However, no information has been released regarding the driver involved, nor have officials shared details on whether this driver has been detained and is cooperating with the investigation.

Furthermore, police officials have yet to convey whether the incident is being treated as a criminal investigation as of this time.

Police have also not released the name of the injured officer as of this writing.

The LMPD Traffic Unit is currently taking the lead on the investigation and more information will be released by officials when it becomes available. Traffic on the I-64 was closed in both directions following the incident but has been reopened as of 3:20 p.m. local time.

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