UPDATE: Michigan state trooper released from hospital after traffic stop crash


Niles, Mich. A Michigan state trooper has been released from the hospital after being hit by a car during a routine traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.

It happened on the east side of Niles, near US 12, between Yankee Street and Reum Road around 2:40 p.m.

Motor Carrier Sgt. Paul Leonard of the Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post had reportedly pulled over a Ford Expedition that was towing a boat, when a red Chevy Suburban came up from behind.

The Suburban struck the trooper's mirror, veered right and hit the back of the boat, pushing the vehicle towing the boat forward.

Leonard reportedly tried to get out of the way, but didn't make it in time, and was hit.

The driver of the Expedition was Michael Bridges, 61, of Niles. Driving the Suburban was Michael Durham, 57, of Edwardsburg

Police at the scene told NewsCenter 16 one driver had been taken to the hospital. His injuries, if any, are unknown.


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