- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

CONROE, Texas (AP) - Two sheriff’s deputies were injured, one seriously, when they were struck by a vehicle while walking back to their patrol car after helping a stranded motorist on Interstate 45 in Southeast Texas.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Robert Layman and Sgt. Jack Valenzuela were hit early Wednesday morning.

The sheriff’s office said Thursday that the two deputies had assisted a stranded motorist who was in a lane of traffic. As the deputies returned to their patrol car, which was blocking the lane of traffic, a motorist struck them.

Both deputies were taken to a local hospital, where Valenzuela was later released with minor injuries. The sheriff’s office said Thursday that Layman suffered serious injuries and is expected to have a lengthy stay in the hospital.

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