A Danville Police officer was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic for a funeral procession Monday.

Officer Andrew Eanes led a funeral procession northbound on N. Main St. to the Highland Burial Park entrance at about 1:15 p.m. He used his patrol vehicle to block southbound traffic. The officer stepped out of the patrol vehicle to come to attention while the funeral passed when the hearse ran into him and the driver’s side of the patrol vehicle.

The Danville Lifesaving Crew transported Eanes to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries where he was still being evaluated at the time of this release. The driver of the hearse, 35-year-old Tyrell L. Payne, was not injured, however, he was charged with failure to maintain proper control of a vehicle.

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