UPDATE: Chattanooga police officer not wearing traffic vest when struck by vehicle on Highway 153
UPDATE: The Chattanooga Police Department officer struck by a pickup truck was not wearing a reflective traffic vest as per CPD's Policy Manual.
CPD Investigator Jeffrey Buckner "positioned his vehicle (with emergency lights activated) in such a manner as to block travel lanes," according to CPD spokesman Officer Ofc. Trevor Tomas.
The incident happened about 2:00am Sunday.
Buckner was on his phone, with his supervisor, when he was struck. Two other police vehicles were in place blocking traffic, according to Tomas.
Tomas explained that Buckner was within a designated, active crime scene."His priority was assisting others in dire need of medical treatment. He put the needs of others first and as such did not have an opportunity to put on his reflective vest."
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police responded to a head-on crash on Highway 153 Sunday morning, just after 2.
Lieutenant Daniel Jones says a car traveling southbound drifted into oncoming traffic.
"It seems like he lost control somehow and crossed over all lanes of traffic and struck the other vehicle coming on head-on,” Jones said.
While officers were working that scene, one of them was hit by a pickup truck.
“He was positioning vehicles in such a way to keep the scene secure and was struck by an oncoming vehicle,” Jones said.
He was taken to the hospital, along with others from the first crash. Jones says the officer was awake and talking while that happened.
"So currently right now the officer is doing as well as can be expected after being hit by a car,” he said.
Police spoke with the pickup's driver, but he wasn't taken into custody. Right now officials aren't sure if the officer was wearing a reflector vest. Jones says they'll figure that out during their investigation.
“Right now we don't know I do not know exactly what he was or was wearing. I know we had plenty of blue lights all over the place,” Jones said.
As for drivers, Jones has a warning.
"We need folks to pay attention when they're out on the street,” he said. “I understand everybody sees a traffic crash, and whenever you see the traffic crash, one thing you want to do is you want to be able to see what's going on."
Because paying attention keeps first-responders safe.
"Whenever you miss something, then unfortunately that something may be a police officer,” He said. “So we just really need people to pay attention."
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police confirm an officer was struck on Highway 153 early Sunday morning.
According to police, the Chattanooga Police officer was working a traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 153 near U.S. 27 when they were struck by another vehicle.
The officer has been taken to a local hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
The officer's condition is not known at this time.
Channel 3 will have live updates from the scene on Eyewitness News Weekend Today from 6-8 AM.
PREVIOUS STORY: Highway 153 is shut down in both directions at the intersection of US 27.
Dispatchers tell Channel 3 a call to 911 came in around 2:15 of a crash with entrapment.
There is a large police presence in the area as police work the scene.
Channel 3 has a crew en route.
Stay with Channel 3 as we work to learn more.