LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A detective with the Scottsburg Police Department who was hit by a vehicle Saturday morning is expected to have multiple surgeries.

The crash took place at about 7 a.m. on Saturday, on an off-ramp near the I-65 and Highway 56 interchange. Police say Detective Mike Nichols was assisting a bus that was disabled, when he was hit by another vehicle.

"Detective Nichols sustained broken bones in his right and left arm, as well as broken ribs," police stated in a Facebook post. "He will be undergoing a shoulder replacement surgery today and will have another surgery on his wrist this Wednesday."

Mark Furnish owns Furnish Towing and Recovery, which was the company at the scene assisting the bus, which was partially blocking a lane on Highway 56. Furnish said he was under the bus trying to hook it to his tow truck when the accident took place.

"I looked over and noticed the officer on the ground and later found out he was struck by a car," Furnish said.

Assistant Police Chief David Hardin said Nichols was directing traffic with an officer from the Sheriff's Office.

"The gentleman who struck him had just taken off from where they stopped traffic," Hardin said. "He wasn't going at a very high rate of speed at all, but the officer did go in the air and hit the ground pretty hard."

Hardin said he has not seen the police report from Indiana State Police yet, but said from what he knows, the man claims he did not see the officer.

"His concern was he saw the other officer motion him through and didn't see Mike Nichols, our officer. He was looking at the other officer at the time, from what we know," said Hardin.

"The Scottsburg Police Department ask[s] that everyone be aware and take caution when officers are seen on our roadways," the post continues. "Slow down and give plenty of room to those who work on and keep those roadways safe."

 

At this time, Indiana State Police has not released the official police report. 

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