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Driver sought after truck strikes Virginia trooper

Virginia State Police have released statistics of fatal crashes over Thanksgiving weekend 2019.
Virginia State Police have released statistics of fatal crashes over Thanksgiving weekend 2019.(WDBJ)
Updated: Dec. 21, 2019 at 12:37 PM EST
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FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say they are looking for a driver who struck and injured a trooper and then fled.

State police said in a news release just after midnight Saturday that the hit-and-run occurred late Friday night in Botetourt County, north of Roanoke. The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Police say witnesses reported seeing the white Dodge pick-up truck accelerating to leave the scene after striking the trooper and his vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle was damaged on its right side, including the right headlight and fender.

WSET-TV reports the trooper had been responding to a vehicle crash involving an animal.

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