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Animal officer chasing dog hit by truck on I-65

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A pickup truck hit an animal control officer who was trying to catch a dog running loose on Interstate 65 in central Indiana.

Police say 50-year-old Mike Briner suffered a broken arm that required surgery, along with puncture wounds and a concussion, in Sunday’s accident. He was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after being struck on the highway shoulder near Columbus.

City police Lt. Joe Richardson says the pickup truck driver doesn’t appear to have been speeding when he swerved onto the shoulder to avoid hitting stopped vehicles.

A Columbus police officer who had been helping Briner try to catch the dog was able to jump out of the truck’s path.

The loose dog was last seen squeezing under a fence and heading away from the highway.

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