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A Louisiana State Police trooper was hit by a passing driver while conducting a traffic stop in St. Helena Parish on Friday and is now in the hospital with moderate injuries, according to LSP officials.

The trooper pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation after noon on La. 449 south of La. 37 in Greensburg, according to the LSP report.

The report said that the other driver, 75-year-old Johnnie Lee of Covington, hit the trooper's vehicle, which then hit the trooper. Lee was cited for careless operation.

Though the trooper is expected to make a full recovery, according to the report, he sustained moderate injuries and needed surgery Friday night.

Louisiana State Police officials said that this is the second time this week that this has happened and took the opportunity to remind residents of the Louisiana "move-over" law.

"The preventable injury to our Trooper is infuriating," Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Michael Edmonson said. "Today's crash marks the second time in a week where a Trooper has been injured by a passing motorist. The laws in place to protect Law Enforcement and those whom find themselves on the side of the road are clear. Slow down and move over."

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