BUCKEYE (3TV/CBS5) -- A Buckeye motorcycle officer was involved in an crash near Verrado Way and Canyon Drive Wednesday.

The officer was responding to a medical emergency at an elementary school when the crash occurred.

"It's horrible to have to roll up to a scene and see debris strewn for yards when you know a law enforcement officer is involved," said Donna Rossi, the spokeswoman for the Buckeye Police Department. 

Buckeye police say the officer was airlifted from the scene to St. Joseph's Hospital.

His injuries were said to be serious, but not life-threatening.

"We're just holding our breaths hoping that everything turns out OK for him," Rossi said. 

On Thursday, the Buckeye Police Department revealed that the officer underwent successful surgery Wednesday night to treat a broken leg. He also reportedly has additional broken bones and contusions.

He is said to be stable at this time.

"The Buckeye Police Department appreciates the outpouring of support and concern and asks that you to keep this officer and his family in your thoughts," reads a statement from the department.

The driver of the other vehicle in the crash was shaken up, but not hurt.

The officer involved is 35 years old and has been with the Buckeye Police Department for more than nine years.

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Verrado Way was closed south at Lost Creek and north Thomas Road.

This is the sixth officer in the Valley involved in a serious traffic collision so far this year. 

"A serious accident involving a police officer is terrible any time, but on a day and a time where we're seeing other officers involved in accidents, on a day where we're mourning and saying our last goodbyes to a Phoenix officer who lost his life in a traffic accident -- it just compounds the situation and it makes everybody's heart heavy," Rossi said. 

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A former police sergeant says that at any given time during patrols, officers are multi-tasking. 

"You could have the radio squawking, you could have your cell phone going, maybe your boss calling you or someone telling you more info," said Kevin Boontjer. "You're the sponge at that point, you're taking in all of the information you possibly can to help you better deal with the call that you're going to." 

It's not clear if the Buckeye police officer had his lights and sirens on before the call. 

The Goodyear Police Department has taken over the investigation. 

 


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(3) comments

Shredder

How the heck did this happen? There's no people out there! Good wishes for the officer's speedy recovery

AZRepublican

"Officers can't react to every wrong move from other drivers" What about the officer being distracted like they always are that might be the cause of this accident ?? Doesn't look to me like there was any other drivers involved in this accident or they would have reported that ????

ObeyLaws

Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery for the officer. THANK YOU for your service. That said, isn't it time police departments re-evaluate the dangerous strategy of putting officers on motorcycles? The minimal benefit of mobility is FAR outweighed by the hazards posed to these officers. It may have made sense a couple of decades ago, but it's a vastly different (and dangerous) world on the roads these days.

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