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‘Inattentive’ driver blamed in accident that injured officer

November 22, 2021 GMT

KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Highway Patrol says an “inattentive” driver caused an accident that injured himself, two child passengers and a Kirkwood police officer.

The accident happened Sunday afternoon on Interstate 44 in St. Louis County. A Kirkwood officer was assisting a stranded motorist when a passing vehicle struck the officer’s SUV. Kirkwood police say the officer’s vehicle was “sideswiped” and he had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The patrol says the 25-year-old driver, a 10-year-old girl and an infant boy were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The 36-year-old officer was treated for moderate injuries.

The patrol report says the driver who struck the police SUV “was inattentive to the roadway.”