WESTAMPTON — A state trooper was hit by a car Friday afternoon while he was investigating a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The trooper was outside his car in the shoulder along the southbound lanes south of Exit 6 when he was struck around 2:30 p.m., according to Sgt. Lawrence Peele.

The trooper, whose identity was not disclosed, was taken by helicopter to Cooper University Medical Center in Camden, where he was treated for a leg injury.

Peele said the driver who struck the officer remained at the scene and was cooperating with police.

The road was temporarily closed in both directions for the medical helicopter to land. The southbound right lane was still closed as of 4 p.m. for an investigation creating a multi mile delay.

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