HOWARD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A Michigan State Police motor carrier officer was hospitalized as released Wednesday after being hit by an SUV during a traffic stop.
The injured officer is Motor Carrier Sgt. Paul Leonard, according to a release from MSP. He was released from a South Bend hospital Wednesday afternoon.
Leonard was hurt around 2:40 p.m. on M-60 north of Reum Road in Howard Township. That's just southwest of Niles in Cass County, not far from the Indiana border.
Leonard had stopped a westbound Ford Expedition that was hauling a pontoon boat. He was standing next to the SUV speaking with its driver when he saw a Chevrolet Suburban driving off the road. Leonard tried to run to safety in front of the Expedition.
The Suburban, which had also been headed west, hit the pontoon boat and the Expedition. The Expedition "spun violently," MSP said, striking Leonard.
Leonard was taken to a South Bend emergency room, where it was found his injuries were not as severe as it appeared at the scene. He was released after receiving treatment.
There were not reports of the driver of the Expedition -- 61-year-old Michael Bridges of Niles -- or the driver of the Suburban -- 57-year-old Michael Durham of Edwardsburg -- being hurt in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation. It will be forwarded to the Cass County Prosecutor's Office to determine if charges are appropriate.
MSP Lt. Chuck Christensen told 24 Hour News 8 that the motor carrier sergeant's job is to inspect trucks for weight and other violations.
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