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Trooper struck while investigating crash on I-75

A newly commissioner trooper suffered serious injuries after he was struck by a car on I-75 in Warren County Wednesday night around eleven o’clock.

Brent Hill, 26, and his field training officer, Trooper Mike Steele, 48, both of the Lebanon Post, were on the scene of a one-vehicle crash on the left berm of I-75 northbound. Trooper Hill was out of the patrol car investigating the initial crash when he was struck by another vehicle that lost control on the snowy roadway.

A 1996 Buick Riviera driven by Andrew Combs, 22, of Vandalia, went off the left side of the roadway, sideswiped the patrol car, and struck Trooper Hill and the vehicle that was involved in the first crash. There were no other passengers in Combs’ vehicle and no other injuries were reported.

Trooper Hill was transported from the scene to Atrium Hospital in Middletown, then transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. He remains there in critical condition.

Combs remained at the scene and provided a statement to investigators. He was cooperative with the investigation and was released pending further investigation.

The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

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