Cherry Valley firefighter hit by van while directing traffic for Vets Roll

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A Cherry Valley Fire Department lieutenant was struck by a minivan while directing traffic Wednesday night for the Vets Roll convoy.

63-year-old Lt. Neal Johnson was struck while directing traffic on Newburg Road bridge as the convoy approached on I-90 at about 9:30 p.m.

The Vets Roll caravan was on one lane of the bridge, leaving the second lane open for normal traffic. Lt. Johnson was stopping the traffic on his side of the bridge when the van hit him. He was wearing a reflective safety vest at the time.

The lieutenant was taken to the hospital for several bone fractures, considered non-life threatening injuries. Johnson has been with the department since August 1988.

The incident remains under investigation.

Vets Roll took 200 veterans from WWII and the Korean War Era by bus convoy to Washington D.C. to visit memorial locations.

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