UPDATE : 1:07 p.m. | A Seattle police motorcycle officer was seriously injured in a collision this morning in the Sodo neighborhood.
Just before 9 a.m., the officer was riding west on South Lander Street at Third Avenue South when the driver of a 2011 Subaru Forester made a U-turn in front of him, police said. The impact knocked the motorcycle over, injuring the officer.
A citizen ran over to the injured officer and used the officer’s radio to alert SPD dispatch to the accident, police said.
“His quick-thinking, and calm demeanor alerted officers to the situation and sped up emergency response,” police wrote in the department’s online blog.
Fire department medics treated the officer at the scene before taking him to Harborview Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.
A Drug Recognition Expert officer evaluated the driver of the Subaru, but found no indications of any impairment, police said.
UPDATE: 10:15 a.m.| The motorcycle police officer in this collision suffered serious injuries, according to a tweet from the Seattle Police Department.
Previous post:| A Seattle police officer was injured shortly before 9 a.m. today when his motorcycle and a car collided in the SoDo area.
Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the officer was thrown about 10 to 15 feet after the collision at Fourth Avenue South and South Lander Street.
The officer, a 57-year-old man, suffered a fracture, Moore said. He was reported alert and oriented and was being taken to Harborview Medical Center.