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Police: Officer taken to hospital after struck by vehicle in Md. during traffic stop

Police: Officer struck by vehicle in Silver Spring, driver flees scene (SkyTrak 7)

A Montgomery County Police officer was struck by a vehicle in Prince George's County Wednesday night during a traffic stop, authorities said.

According to the Montgomery County Police Department, an officer stopped to assist another officer on the side of southbound New Hampshire Avenue, when for reason still under investigation a vehicle drove by and crashed into one of the officer's cruisers. The officer was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to police.

The officer that was hit was identified as 3rd District Officer Heather Haynes, a 28-year-old woman who has been with the Montgomery County Police Department for about two and a half years, according to the department.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene after the collision, according to police.

A vehicle description was not immediately available and by late Thursday morning the striking vehicle had not been located, police said.

Haynes was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following the crash. At 5 a.m., she was released from the hospital, police say.

Montgomery County Police said that since the crash happened in Prince George's County, the Prince George's County Police Department is handling the investigation. The crash happened near the Montgomery and Prince George's County line.

SkyTrak 7 was live above the scene on ABC7's Facebook Live. Watch below:

This story has been updated.

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