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Essex County Sheriff's Officer Hit by Car While Directing Traffic in West Orange

Essex County West Orange

An Essex County sheriff's officer directing traffic in West Orange Tuesday was hospitalized after he was hit by a car.

According to authorities, the officer was near his patrol car on Eagle Rock Avenue when he was struck by a 64-year-old West Orange resident, who allegedly claimed she didn’t see the officer because of the flashing overhead lights on his patrol vehicle.

Officials say the driver was issued a careless driving ticket.

The officer was later admitted to University Hospital in Newark, Wednesday with three broken ribs.