NEW YORK (AP) The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says an officer has been hospitalized in critical condition after being hit by a car at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

The MTA says Officer Thomas Choi was re-opening the lower roadway of the bridge between Staten Island and Brooklyn shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday when he was hit by a car driven by a woman from Bayonne, N.J.

The impact sent the officer into the windshield and then to the ground. He was hospitalized with severe pelvic and head injuries.

The MTA says the cause of the accident is under investigation.

The lower level of the bridge is closed on weekends from midnight until about 8 a.m.