A Metro Nashville police officer was hit by a pickup truck on Interstate 40 in west Nashville while conducting a routine traffic stop Wednesday morning.
Officer Kevin Pollard was hit near the I-440 split around 9 a.m. while he was stopping a woman in a Toyota Camry for speeding.
The woman pulled off the shoulder into a grassy area and Officer Pollard pulled behind her in his Ford Expedition with emergency lights activated.
As he was standing by the driver’s side window, issuing the woman a warning, Pollard was hit by an eastbound Ford F250 pulling a trailer.
The driver of the pickup, 26-year-old Joshua Armstrong, told investigators he saw the police vehicle and attempted to move from the far right lane into a left lane when he was hit by a pickup truck with a trailer full of lawn equipment.
In the process, Armstrong reportedly lost control of his truck, striking Officer Pollard’s SUV, the Camry, then Pollard himself.
Pollard was thrown across the hood of the Camry and into the grass ditch below.
He is currently recovering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-critical injuries.
Metro police is asking anyone who was driving down I-40 near the I-440 split at the time of the crash, or anyone who may have information about the alleged hit-and-run pickup truck with lawn equipment, to contact them at 615-862-8600 or the Hit & Run Unit at 615-862-7713.