Jefferson County Deputy Stable After Being Hit By Car

By: Carrie Thompson
By: Carrie Thompson

Jefferson County (WVLT) - A sheriff's deputy is in the hospital with some broken bones after being hit by a car.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says Sheriff's Deputy Ben Hammer responded to the scene of a broken down tractor trailer last night on U.S. Highway 411.

"While the officer was directing traffic around this broken down vehicle, that's when he was struck," says Lt. Jerry Higgs with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Higgs says the driver of the car that hit deputy Hammer, Troy Turner, was on his way to work.

"In the driver's statement, (Turner) said he did not see the officer," says Lt. Higgs.

Deputy hammer was airlifted to U.T. Medical Center.

He has some broken bones and is listed in stable condition.

Officers have not yet determined if there will be any charges.

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