Police officer struck by vehicle while responding to crash on the bypass in South Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - UPDATE: South Bend Police confirm South Bend Police Officer Terry Redden was struck by a vehicle while responding to the initial crash.

"As Officer Redden was standing near the rear door of one of the vehicles involved, another westbound driver, Andrew Mitchell, 36, of North Liberty, struck that vehicle, causing the already crashed vehicle to be pushed into Officer Redden," said SBPD Media Liaison Ashley O’Chap. "Mitchell was uninjured and cooperated with investigators. Through an investigation, Mitchell was ultimately transported to the St. Joseph County Jail on the preliminary charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Bodily Injury."

Police say the officer was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

St. Joseph County FACT will be handling the vehicle vs. officer crash. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Westbound lanes on the bypass were closed between Ironwood and Michigan as South Bend Police responded to a vehicle crash.

No serious injuries have been reported at this time.

Authorities say the section will be closed for an extended period.

The crash occurred around 8 p.m. Wednesday, and police are asking drivers to please avoid the area.

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