Osage Beach Officer Austin White is Improving After Being Hit by a Truck in Lake Ozark.


Osage Beach Police Officer Austin M. White is improving after being hit by a truck on April 30, during a traffic stop on the Grand Glaize Bridge.

According to a recent update from the Osage Beach Police Department, White is “stable and improving”, which is great news for everyone following the story.

Officer Austin White suffered a broken leg that required surgery, underwent a surgical reattachment of his ear, and had several stitches in his head and ankle.

Robert Watkins, 58, of Osage Beach was driving a pickup truck on the Grand Glaize Bridge when he struck a stopped police cruiser, that was assisting White in a traffic stop.

Officer White was out of his vehicle when the pickup truck plowed into the cruiser and then hit him, sending him flying 30 feet in the air.

Watkins was arrested on suspicion of Second Degree Assault with Impairment and Failure to Yield to a Stationary Emergency Vehicle.

According to the Osage Beach Police Department, Officer Austin White had stopped a vehicle at the east end of the Grand Glaize Bridge, at 6:15 Thursday morning, and was outside his car when a pickup truck driven by 58-year-old Robert Watkins of Osage Beach, struck an assisting police cruiser from behind before striking White.

White was critically injured and flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment, where his condition was upgraded to fair Thursday afternoon.