Monroe policeman struck by vehicle while directing traffic at school, authorities say – WSOC TV
UNION COUNTY, NC – A police officer was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at a school in Monroe on Monday morning, authorities said.
Union County officials said the incident happened around 8 a.m. at Apprentice Academy high school on Weddington Road. The off-duty officer was directing traffic near the entrance when he was struck.
The officer was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
“Thank goodness it was none of my students, but I feel sorry for the policeman and his family and I’m sure the driver is also shaken up. I just hope everyone succeeds,” said director Barry Ross.
Ross said the traffic on Weddington Road can be a mess. That’s why about a month ago, he started hiring off-duty officers to help direct traffic in the morning and afternoon.
âI’m not a traffic engineer, but you don’t have to be a traffic engineer to understandâ¦ there is no brake light here. I have to make sure that my students can turn left or right as easily or as easily as possible, âsaid Ross.
Monroe police have not said what caused the crash or whether the driver will be charged.
Ross said Monroe Police will continue to provide officers on leave while one of theirs recovers.
“Traffic isn’t going to clear up on 84 and / or any other road in Union County so we absolutely need it.” And it’s one of the main east-west routes in Union County, âRoss said.
Gina Esposito, Channel 9, said she noticed there was no school zone or reduced speed limit signs. Ross said the school just moved into the building last year, so drivers may not be familiar with the increased traffic and the need to slow down.
No other details were disclosed. Check back to this story for updates.
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