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Highway patrol officer uninjured after vehicle struck while performing traffic stop

A South Dakota Highway Patrol office was uninjured despite being hit by a passing pickup truck while conducting a traffic stop in Watertown Sunday. According to the state Highway Patrol, the incident occurred around 4:00 p.m. On South Dakota Highway 20. The officer claims they stopped on the shoulder of the highway with the amber light bar of the patrol vehicle active. That’s when an approaching pickup driven by a 91-year-old Henry man failed to move over far enough striking the office’s vehicle costing an estimated $6,500. The trooper was inside the vehicle at the time of the collision. The Henry man has been charged with causing an accident with a stopped emergency vehicle and driving without a valid license.

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