VIDEO: 2 NC Officers, Deputy Injured in Motorcycle Crash During Training Exercise
Two Durham, NC, police motorcycle officers and a sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle were involved in a serious crash during a training exercise Tuesday afternoon in the 8500 block of South Lowell Road, reports WRAL.
The crash happened at about 3:15 p.m. in Bahama, according to authorities.
According to the State Highway Patrol, a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Deputy Paul Aiken was traveling north on S. Lowell Road when Aiken lost control, traveled off the road, and struck a ditch.
As a result of Aiken's crash, Officer Larry Cox, who was also operating a 2013 Harley Davidson, traveled off the road, struck a ditch, and overturned. Officer Francisco Miguel DeVera-Rodriguez, who was operating a 2015 Harley Davidson, traveled onto the northbound shoulder, struck a utility pole support wire, and overturned.
According to Sheriff Michael Andrews, the officers and deputy involved had recently concluded a funeral escort and were practicing their formations.
The three men were taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment. Aiken and Cox sustained minor injuries and Rodriguez suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries, authorities said.