A Hampstead police officer was being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night after being struck by a pickup truck while directing traffic around a vehicle pulled over on Route 30 yesterday.
Capt. Joseph "Jay" Gribbin, 51, a retired Baltimore County police officer who now works for the Hampstead Police Department, was being treated for serious head injuries, state police spokesman Greg Shipley said.
A Dodge Dakota pickup struck Gribbin as he directed traffic about 2 p.m. on southbound Route 30 in Hampstead, just south of Shiloh Road, Shipley said. Gribbin was knocked unconscious and landed 12 feet from where he was struck.
The driver of the truck was identified as Bradley W. Miller, 41, of the first block of Marhill Court in Westminster.
State police said they are investigating the accident.
Another Hampstead police officer had stopped a car for a traffic violation and called in a canine unit to search for drugs, Shipley said. The canine officer and Gribbin were among police who responded to the scene, police said.
During the traffic stop, Hampstead police had halted vehicles in both directions on Route 30 and began alternating northbound and southbound traffic through one lane, police said.
After the truck hit Gribbin, the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department provided emergency care before he was flown by state police helicopter to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.
Neither alcohol nor excessive speed appeared to be factors in the accident, Shipley said. He said Gribbin is expected to fully recover from his injuries.