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: 18-Year-Old Saadiq Teague Arrested After Being Spotted With AK-47 At Times Square Subway Station
He was rushed to Southside Hospital in critical condition with a severe head injury, according to state police.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine In New York: Walk-In Appointments Offered To All New Yorkers Over 50 At City-Run Sites
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: Discarded Tombstone Spotted On Empty Lot Raising Questions In Paramus
No charges have been filed as the investigation continues.