A Suffolk County police officer was hurt Monday when a tractor trailer hit his patrol car at a construction site on the Long Island Expressway, police said.
Highway Patrol Officer Arthur Hull was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with neck and back pain after being struck while in his vehicle, about 100 feet west of Exit 60 in Lake Ronkonkoma, according to a news release.
Hull's injuries were not life-threatening, police said, and he was expected to be kept overnight for observation.
He was diverting traffic off the eastbound LIE when the tractor trailer, driven by Harrideo Persaud, of Queens, struck the rear of his car about 4:45 a.m. The patrol car then hit a guardrail, police said.
Persaud said he was trying to watch three police cars constantly moving across the highway and he was blinded by the roadway construction lights.
"The next thing you know, I saw him right in front of my truck," he said. "I was in shock."
Persaud said that he couldn't brake in time and that he ran to help the officer.
"But the two [other] cops pulled up at the same time, and they told me to sit in the truck," he said. He said the officer drove his wrecked car to the shoulder.
Persaud will not be charged, police said, but after an inspection of his truck, owned by Hs & S Trucking Inc. of Winter Garden, Florida, the driver was issued eight summonses for vehicle violations, including having an uninspected vehicle and missing the front plate. Persaud said there were no major violations.