COMMACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A New York State trooper is in serious condition after being stuck by a vehicle while aiding a motorist on an overpass connecting the Long Island Expressway to the Sagtikos Parkway Monday afternoon.
State police say 35-year-old Trooper Joseph J. Gallagher was putting out flares to warn oncoming traffic about a disabled motorist in Commack when a vehicle came around the corner and struck him around 3:15 p.m.READ MORE: CDC Reverses Course, Recommends People Wear Masks Indoors Where COVID Rates Are High
He was rushed to Southside Hospital in critical condition with a severe head injury, according to state police.READ MORE: Drivers Turn Highways Into Personal Parking Lots While Waiting To Pick Up Passengers From Tri-State Area Airports
State police Superintendent George P. Beach II visited the hospital, where Gallagher was upgraded to serious condition following surgery.
The driver of the vehicle that struck Gallagher, a member of state police since 2014, remained at the scene.MORE NEWS: Taxi Driver Scared To Return To Work After Almost Being Struck By Bullet While Driving On Queens Highway
No charges have been filed as the investigation continues.