HOBE SOUND — A Florida Highway Patrol trooper is in serious condition at a West Palm Beach hospital after he was struck by a car early Monday as he stood on the side of Interstate 95 just north of Bridge Road in southern Martin County, investigating an earlier crash on , authorities confirmed.
Highway Patrol Lt. Alvaro Feola said the trooper was struck in the right lane of northbound I-95. He was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach as a “trauma alert.”
Martin County Fire-Rescue confirmed the trooper was struck about 7:20 a.m. at mile marker 96, west of Hobe Sound and about eight miles north of the Palm Beach-Martin county line.
Feola did not immediately have information on the condition of the second man and said he could not yet reveal the trooper’s name. He also did not immediately have details on the initial crash. He said the northbound right lane still was blocked around 10 a.m.
WPEC-TV Channel 12, which already had come to the scene to report on the initial crash, captured video of the trooper and the second man standing by a vehicle and another vehicle spinning into the two; the other man was struck a glancing blow but the trooper was thrown over the vehicle. The television station later stopped showing the full video, instead freeze-framing at the moment of impact.
Staff researcher Melanie Mena contributed to this story.
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