Ohio trooper injured after hit by van while investigating Madison County crash


The trooper was outside the patrol car on the berm, taking pictures of a crash, when he was hit by a van

MADISON CO., Ohio (WCMH) — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper is stable after suffering serious injuries when he was hit by a van along Interstate 70 and U.S. 42 in Madison County early Thursday morning.

Jason R. Hofmann, who was assigned to the West Jefferson Post, was outside the patrol car on the berm in a reflective vest taking pictures of a crash that already had a lane closed.

He was hit by a tan Chevrolet Astro van heading southbound on U.S. 42.

The driver of the van, 64-year-old Cynthia Faulk, of Plain City, drifted off the right side of the road and hit Hofmann around 6 a.m., troopers said.

Hofmann was seriously hurt and flown to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

On Thursday afternoon, Highway Patrol said Hofmann remains stable. It appears he did not suffer any internal injuries, but his back and hip were hurt.

Faulk was not hurt in the crash.

The crash is still under investigation.

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