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Couple Lie on Dark Road to Watch Eclipse. Uh-Oh

Slow-moving police car runs over them; injuries aren't life-threatening
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 21, 2019 10:35 AM CST
The full moon is seen during a lunar eclipse in Marseille, France, early Monday.   (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

(Newser) – A Florida police department says an officer ran over two people who were lying in a dark roadway to watch Sunday night's lunar eclipse. In a statement to the Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach Police said the man and the woman were treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Police said that around 11:30pm, at the height of the eclipse, the officer was patrolling in a park and driving around 5mph when his vehicle struck the pair.

The statement said the man and the woman live nearby. Because the park was "extremely dark," officials believe they were trying to watch the eclipse when they were run over, per the AP. The officer was placed on administrative leave. Police said the man and the woman were both 24 years old; their names weren't released.

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