KSP Trooper Recovering After Being Hit By Car

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A State Police post grieving the loss of two officers in one week are suffering again after accident with a trooper. Officers say a car hit a trooper Tuesday night while he was working a car accident.

Already suffering the loss of two officers in a week, State Police Post 9 in Pikeville got another scare Tuesday night. Police say Trooper Billy Joe Caudill was working a two car accident on U.S. 23 when a teenage driver, struck Trooper Caudill.

Officers say Trooper Caudill was standing in the turn lane when 16 year old Ricky Rogers hit him while trying to get in the lane. Police say Trooper Caudill went to the hospital with several injuries. He was in stable condition, but has been upgraded to good.

"He's in good spirits. I guess it could have been a lot worse, but on a positive note, the injuries were not as severe," said Trooper Elliott Gollihue.

State Police are in shock another tragic accident happened, but say they are thankful Trooper Caudill is expected to recover.

"Anytime an officer will make a full recovery is a positive thing. In the midst of all the tragedy that has occurred here in Pikeville," said Trooper Don Trosper.

It's a time they've never been through.

"Pikeville Post has been through something I've never experienced before in my 13 years here and that's the loss of two troopers in a week and another injured trooper in the same week," Trooper Gollihue said.

But officers say despite it all, they are still doing their jobs.

"We deal with tragedies everyday and even though this is occurring to some of our own, we have to be here for the citizens of the state of Kentucky," Trooper Trosper said.

They're helping each other cope while they continue helping others.

Police say the teen, Ricky Rogers, and two other passengers in his car were not injured.

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