Dripping Springs (KXAN) – A deputy with the Hays County Sheriff Office is recuperating after being hit by a vehicle as he was directing traffic last week.
According to the HCSO, around 9 p.m. on August 18 deputies were directing traffic on Highway 290 near Holder Lane after an 18-wheeler crash. Traffic was reduced to one lane and multiple deputies were on the scene.
A vehicle making its way through traffic hit the rear-end of one of the deputy’s vehicles, pushing it towards another patrol unit and two working deputies. One of them was able to get out of the way. The second was forced into traffic and was struck by a third vehicle.
Investigators estimated the vehicle was travelling around 15 to 20 miles per hour when it hit the deputy.
As a precautionary measure, the deputy was airlifted to an area hospital. He received only minor injuries from the impact but remains on light duty while he recovers.
The accident is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
HCSO has a message for drivers:
Hays County would like this incident to remind citizens of the importance of being aware of your surroundings at all times while operating a motor vehicle. Driver inattention and driver distractions can impact numerous individuals in seconds.