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Detroit Motorcycle Cop Injured In Crash On I-96

July 13, 2018 - 5:16 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit police officer is in the hospital after he lost control of his motorcycle on the eastbound local lanes of I-96 shortly after 4 p.m. Friday. 

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said in a press briefing that the officer hit a rumble strip on the side of the freeway, losing control of his bike. He said speed was not a factor in the crash, which did not involve any other vehicles.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was taken to a local hospital for treatment serious leg injuries. Craig said doctors were saying he is in "temporary serious condition," as he went under for leg surgery.

"He was conscious, optimistic, in good spirits some time ago," Craig said. "We're hoping for the best."

Craig said the officer, who is assigned to the 3rd precinct and has spent 22 years on the job, had just completed motorcycle certification training earlier in the day. He was returning back to the base, along with a dozen other officers.

"When the accident occured, he, along with his colleagues, were not in a training mode," Craig said. "13 motorcycles, they had completed training, all safety protocols were in place. In fact, there was a marked scout car trailing the group of motorcycles as an additional layer of security."

Craig said the presence of other officers on scene at the crash helped, and EMS responded quickly.

Traffic was cleared on the local EB I-96 lanes around 6:30 p.m. after police finished investigating. Drivers were previously being forced off the freeway at Evergreen Road -- including tipster Clyde, who called WWJ to report the crash, saying "police are everywhere," and that it appeared the officer had fallen off the bike.

WWJ Traffic Reporter KT said that, midway through the afternoon rush, traffic was slow-and-go back to Greenfield. 

No update has been given on the officer's condition as of 9:30 p.m.