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VSP vehicle and trooper are struck on Rt. 66 East

VSP official patch and logo used by permission by Information Officer Brent Coffey

Virginia State Police (VSP) report that a trooper and his vehicle were struck on Route 66 East the afternoon of May 15.

The accident occurred after the trooper initiated a traffic stop of a pickup truck eastbound on Interstate 66 around the 50-mile marker.

After contacting the pickup driver, the trooper was walking back to his vehicle when a Camaro slammed into his.

The impact launched the police cruiser into the officer and then the pickup.

The officer was able to recover after being thrown into the lane of travel.

Both the trooper and driver of the Camaro had to be treated for injuries at Inova hospital and released.

The driver of the Camaro has been charged with reckless driving.

Be aware new and tougher move over laws will go into effect July 1 according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

The new law forces drivers to move over for all stationary vehicles not just for law enforcement or emergency vehicles.

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