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Atlanta officer taken to hospital after being hit by car

The extent of the officer's possible injuries were not immediately clear.

ATLANTA — An Atlanta Police Department motorcycle officer was taken to the hospital on Thursday morning after being hit by a car.

The department said he was transported to the hospital after the accident "alert, conscious and breathing." 

The extent of any possible injuries to the officer was not immediately clear.

It was reported at I-75 North and Cleveland Avenue. According to Georgia State Patrol, an investigation revealed two separate crashes occurred.

According to GSP, the first occurred when the officer went to pull over a Chevrolet Impala in the far-left HOV lane. Instead of making his way over to the right shoulder, the Impala driver came to a stop on the left shoulder next to a concrete barrier, which GSP said was not wide enough for the whole car.

The officer was then to the Impala's right in the second lane from the barrier, as the GSP described it, when a Hummer came from behind.

"The Hummer driver had initially been in the HOV lane and began to pass traffic in the second lane as traffic slowed for the Atlanta officer and the Chevrolet," GSP said.

The Hummer did not see the officer, tried to veer out of the way and failed, crashing into the motorcycle which "caused the Atlanta officer to be thrown from his motorcycle."

The Hummer then came to a stop in the HOV lane.

GSP said the second crash was a result of a Toyota Tacoma which was behind the Impala but "could not stop and rear-ended the Chevrolet."

That Toyota was then also rear-ended by a following Chevrolet Tahoe.

In addition to the officer being taken to Grady Hospital, the passenger in the Tahoe was hospitalized as well.

This is a developing story. Check back often for new information.

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