Serious accidents on Loop 101 shut down freeway

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PHOENIX -- The Loop 101 Eastbound was shut down Sunday evening due to two serious crashes, one involving a Phoenix police officer.

It happened near the Loop 101 and 7th street exit.

DPS said there were five vehicles involved in two accidents.

First, they said while a Phoenix detective was pulling over a car to the right lane, a pickup truck rear-ended him and then side swiped the car he was pulling over.

Around the same time, DPS said a silver SUV was slowing down on the HOV lane when a motorcycle hit the SUV.

The driver of that motorcycle was thrown from the bike. DPS said there was a 30 to 40 mile per hour difference between the motorcycle and that slowing SUV when the motorcyclist hit that SUV.

According to DPS, the detective who was rear-ended is in stable condition, but the motorcyclist is in critical condition.

DPS said they are treating the scene as if it were a homicide which Raul Garcia with the Arizona Department of Public Safety said is common practice when there is a serious accident.

They want to remind all drivers to slow down when they see an emergency vehicle and be careful on the roads.