WEST ORANGE, NJ - An Essex County sheriff’s officer is recovering from injuries sustained when he was hit by a car in West Orange Tuesday night.

According to a statement from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, the officer was struck by an automobile while directing traffic on Eagle Rock Avenue on Tuesday at 9:20 p.m.

The uniformed officer, who was transported to University Hospital for treatment, suffered three broken ribs when was hit by a late model Subaru driven by a 64-year-old woman, who had slowed down and was, according to reports, "distracted by the overhead lights of the officer’s marked vehicle which had been activated."

The driver of the Subaru was issued a motor vehicle summons for careless driving, but no criminal charges were filed.