Visalia police officer hospitalized after being hit by car during traffic stop

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A Visalia police officer has been hospitalized after being hit by a driver Monday morning.

Authorities say Officer Dale Rush was pulling a car over at Highway 198 at the Ben Maddox off ramp when an inattentive driver hit him just before 8 am.

They say the man didn't stop for traffic and lost control of his car. The car collided with a trailer that the car being pulled over was connected to, leading to Rush being struck.

Officer Rush suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

The identity of the driver has not been released.
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