DANVILLE — A police officer directing traffic for a funeral procession was struck by the hearse Monday afternoon, after stepping out of his vehicle to come to attention while the funeral passed.

Danville police Officer Andrew Eanes received injuries that were not life-threatening and he was being evaluated at the hospital, according to the police department.

Eanes had stopped his police SUV to block traffic. As he stepped out of his vehicle to come to attention, the hearse struck him and the driver's side of his SUV, according to a news release from police.

The driver of the hearse, Tyrell L. Payne, 35, was charged with failure to maintain proper control of a vehicle. He was not injured in the crash.

Crane reports for the Register & Bee. He can be reached at (434) 791-7987.

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