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Houston police officer hit by pickup truck on South Loop

Houston police officer hit by pickup truck on South Loop

Houston police officer hit by pickup truck on South Loop

A Houston Police Department officer was injured Wednesday after being struck by an oncoming vehicle on the South Loop service road.

The 26-year veteran of the department had gotten out of his patrol vehicle to flag down an approaching pickup truck around 2 p.m., police spokesman John Cannon said. The officer was tasked with controlling the speed of passing vehicles when the driver traveling east on the service road inadvertently struck him.

The driver, a 55-year-old man, told authorities he was unable to stop the vehicle in time to avoid hitting the officer. Cannon said the man will be ticketed but has not been charged.

The officer was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.