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Missouri state trooper struck near St. Louis

  • The Associated Press
  • Published Monday, May 26, 2014, at 8:13 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, May 26, 2014, at 8:13 a.m.

— A Missouri state trooper is hospitalized after being injured during a traffic stop near St. Louis.

The Highway Patrol says 32-year-old trooper Jeremy Potocki was struck around 8:30 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 55 in south St. Louis County. A patrol spokesperson said Potocki suffered moderate injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Authorities said Potocki was outside his SUV after stopping a southbound car when a Volkswagen Jetta veered partly off the pavement and crashed into the back of the SUV. The SUV struck Potocki and the car he had stopped.

The Jetta’s 43-year-old driver was also injured. Authorities said he was cooperating in the investigation.

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