At approximately 6:15 am this morning, while Osage Beach Officer Austin White age 27, was making a traffic stop, at the east end of the east bound side of the Grand Glaize Bridge, he was struck by a blue GMC ¾ ton pick up being driven by Robert T. Watkins age 58 of Osage Beach. Watkins had initially struck an assisting Osage Beach Patrol car before striking Officer White and then striking a white 2002 Ford Ranger being driven by Kurt Scheiter age 23 of Osage Beach.

Officer White was transported to the Grand Glaize AirpAustin Whiteort where he was flown to the University of Missouri Medical Center. Last information received was that Officer White has regained consciousness.

Additional information will be released as it is obtained. The Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash team will be assisting in the investigation.