Greenwood officer struck by vehicle while directing traffic

GREENWOOD, Ind. -- An officer with the Greenwood Police Department was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic Thursday morning. 

The incident happened at around 8 a.m., near Center Grove High School on Stones Crossing Road.

Center Grove High School says Officer Scott Cottongim was directing traffic outside the school when one car struck him from behind and the impact threw the officer into a car turning into a school parking lot. 

Greenwood Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth says Officer 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."

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.

The driver of the vehicle stopped and is cooperating with the investigation.

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