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Officer in good condition after 2 cars hit him at school

March 1, 2018

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis police officer is hospitalized in good condition after being struck by two cars while directing traffic outside a school.

Greenwood Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth says Officer Scott Cottongim suffered bumps and bruises but no serious injuries. He says the fact that Cottongim “is able to talk is nothing short of a miracle.”

Center Grove High School says Cottongim was directing traffic outside the school Thursday morning when one car struck him from behind and the impact threw the officer into a car turning into a school parking lot. The impact knocked Cottongim out of one of his boots.

The school says the flashing lights on Cottongim’s cruiser were on and he was wearing a traffic vest and using a flashlight to direct cars at the time.

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