Columbia officer in hospital after being hit on interstate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A police officer is still in the hospital after being struck while on the side of a freeway leading out of downtown Columbia.

Local media outlets report that Officer Pete Conklin was helping a driver on the side of Interstate 126 when he was hit by another driver at around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Lance Corporal David Jones says Conklin was taken to a hospital for several injuries, including wounds to his arm. Officials say Conklin had surgery and is recuperating. He has been with the department for five years.

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The driver of the car that hit Conklin was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.

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