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BCSO Deputy Injured in Traffic Accident

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A Bay County Sheriffs Deputy recovers after an accident this morning sent him and 2 others to the hospital.

Corporal Daren Priest just left the scene of a fire when he pulled over to the side of the road to check something on his computer.

It wasn't long before he was hit from behind...and the car that hit him may have been traveling more than 60 MPH.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers investigating the crash say the 2 older women in the SUV were from Indiana and may have fallen asleep while driving.

All 3 people involved in the accident were responsive when EMS arrived...but were sent to the hospital as a precaution.

Deputies say luckily there were no serious injuries but no one expected a call like that from one of their own.

BSCO Major Tommy Ford said, "it was a traumatic experience for all of us, to be sitting there whether you were in your patrol car, at your desk and to hear one of our partners come across the scanner in such a state of distress, all of us jumped and ran to try to go up there to try to assist him."

Major Ford adds all deputies are encouraged to pull over when they need to use the computer or their phone and corporal priest was just being safe and following orders.

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Bay County Sheriff's Office Field Services deputy Corporal Daren Priest was transported to a local hospital this morning after his vehicle was struck by another car while he was on duty.

At approximately 10:00 AM, Cpl. Priest's patrol car was located on the side of the road, near the intersection of Tammy Pitts Road and Highway 231 in Fountain. It was struck in the rear by another vehicle, causing Cpl. Priest's patrol car to move approximately 40 yards from the site of the impact.

Cpl. Priest has been transported to a local hospital with what appear to be neck and back injuries. The driver and the passenger of the other vehicle have also been transported to a local hospital.

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Information provided by the Bay County Sheriff's Office

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