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.

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He was rushed to Southside Hospital in critical condition with a severe head injury, according to state police.

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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.

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No charges have been filed as the investigation continues.