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Border Patrol agent struck by vehicle on highway after ATV crash

A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent remains in stable condition Thursday after he crashed his ATV and was thrown onto a highway where he was hit by a passing vehicle near Douglas over the weekend, authorities said.

The agent is being treated at a Tucson hospital after he was struck by a vehicle on Saturday, said Carol Capas, a spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

The agent was on an ATV and apparently crashed into a marker sign as he approached a cattle guard at Highway 80 near Plantation Road, west of Douglas, said Capas. 

The agent, who was not identified, was then hit by a vehicle as he was standing up, Capas said. The agent was thrown some distance in the impact, she said. 

Capas did not release details about the vehicle that hit the agent, but said that the driver was traveling the speed limit when the agent was hit. 

Officials with Tucson Sector Border Patrol did not respond to requests for additional information from TucsonSentinel.com. 

Sheriff's deputies, along with Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers, Douglas police officers, and Douglas Fire Medical personnel responded and provided immediate treatment to the agent, Capas said. 

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team is continuing the investigation and more details will be released as they become available, she said. 

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