Off-duty officer struck along Hwy 26 Thursday morning in critical condition

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HILLSBORO, Ore. – An off-duty Tigard police officer was seriously injured when he pulled over on the side of Highway 26 Thursday morning and was struck by an accused DUII driver.

Tigard Officer Matt Barbee was driving on Highway 26 in his Subaru Outback when about 1:30 a.m. he thought he had a flat tire and pulled off to the side of the road, according to Lt. Reimann from the Hillsboro Police Department.

Another driver in a Hyundai Santa Fe rear-ended the Subaru, police said.

Ofc. Barbee was still inside his stopped car at the time of the crash. He was flown by helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center with serious injuries.

As of Friday afternoon, Barbee is in critical condition, officials say.

The driver of the Hyundai suffered minor injuries.

Tigard Police said the driver was intoxicated. No word on whether he or she will be charged in the crash.

Barbee has worked for the Tigard Police Department for 11 years.

"The next 24 hours are going to be very critical so we're keeping out thoughts and prayers in his direction," said Jim Wolf, a spokesperson for the Tigard Police Department.

Wolf says Barbee had completed his shift and was heading home when the crash occurred.

He pulled over onto the shoulder of the highway when he experienced some car trouble. While he waited inside his car for help, he was struck.

"Everybody is extremely close, so when an incident especially such unforeseen circumstances enters into the scenario, it does, it affects everyone," said Wolf.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

The crash closed the northbound off-ramp to Cornelius Pass from Highway 26.