While on his way to another traffic accident, a Tukwila, WA, motorcycle police officer was involved in a motorbike accident when a car turned into his lane without warning.

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Tukwila Police Officer Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Accident


Posted on Nov 17, 2008

SeattlePI.com reported that a Tukwila police officer was involved in a motorcycle accident while on his way to another accident scene on the morning of Tuesday, October 28.

At 7:15 a.m. that morning, the motorcycle officer responded to a serious traffic accident on Interurban Avenue South at Gateway Drive, a police spokesperson told the Seattle Post Intelligencer. After he was dispatched, he was driving northbound on I-5 with his sirens on and lights flashing. A truck allegedly turned in front of the officer without seeing him, police said.

The seriously injured officer was rushed to Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington, for treatment, while the driver of the truck was not hurt in the motorcycle accident. The motorcycle cop's injuries needed attention, but were not considered life threatening.

Interstate 5 was closed in the wake of the accident, but all roads and ramps affected by the motorcycle crash were in opened and in operation by noon that day.

The injured officer was released from the hospital the next day, and is making a full recovery from his injuries.

"He will be sore," Tukwila police spokesman Mike Murphy said. "But his injuries are minor."

The crash is still under investigation by authorities.

This accident is a reminder to motorcycle riders and four-wheeled vehicles alike to be watchful on the roads - it seems that even with his lights and siren going, the truck driver involved in this bike accident did not see the oncoming motorcycle. Be sure to check your blind spots and use your turn signals in order to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future.

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