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KSP Trooper in stable condition after being hit on I-65 NB

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Kentucky State Trooper Sam Shacklette has been hit on I-65 NB and has been taken to University Hospital, MetroSafe says.

KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said the incident occurred near mile marker 105 near Lebanon Junction.

Shacklette was working overtime in a work zone outside of his car on the side of I-65 NB, said Brewer.  He is scheduled to retire tomorrow.

KSP says Shacklette was making his initial approach on foot to a vehicle he had just pulled over, when he and the vehicle he was approaching were hit by the front of a 2002 Ford SUV being driven by Louis Dunn, 43, of Bonnieville, Ky.

Shacklette was thrown approximately 50 feet and landed in the shoulder of the roadway.

Dunn was cited for failure to give right of way to emergency stopped vehicle, operating on an expired operators license and for having no insurance.

Shacklette was hit on an area of I-65 which is currently a work zone, meaning it's down to two lanes but Eric Johnson, Executive Director of Supporting Heroes, says there's still room for drivers to move over.

"Even without the law, to me, it's common sense. If you see people stopped on the side of the road, emergency vehicles, or people with their vehicle broke down, as a matter of courtesy and safety, move over," Johnson told WDRB.

It is the law in Kentucky for drivers to move over for emergency vehicles but Johnson said awareness is low.

"It's not just that people forget about the law. There's a large number of society that don't know about the law," he said.

He said if for some reason you're not able to get over, you should at least slow down.

"I think people need to remember that public safety officers are out there serving them. It's a dangerous business but we don't need to make it more dangerous than it should be," said Johnson.

Shacklette remains at University Hospital tonight in stable condition and his injuries are not life-threatening.

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