A New Bedford police officer was hit by a vehicle last night while on foot outside the officer's cruiser. The injured officer was reportedly knocked unconscious but awake and alert while being transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

It happened Thursday at around 9:15 in the area of Rodney French Boulevard and Seaview Terrace.

The operator of a black sedan stayed on scene and is cooperating with police. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved, according to the New Bedford Police Department.

The condition of the officer is not known. WBSM reached out to the New Bedford Police Department this morning for updated information. Department communications director Melissa Batchilder declined to provide information about the officer's condition or the circumstances of the crash, and issued the following statement:

"An officer was struck while directing traffic. He was transported to the hospital and was conscious and alert."

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