06/19/2007

San Diego officer injured in motorcycle crash

By ANGELICA MARTINEZ
San Diego Union-Tribune
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SAN DIEGO —  A police motorcycle officer suffered a broken leg after he lost control of his bike and crashed, prompting the shutdown of southbound state Route 15, the Highway Patrol reported.

The officer was taken to a hospital with an open fracture of his lower right leg.

Initial reports that the officer was the victim of a hit-and-run proved unfounded.

The unidentified officer was on the ramp from state Route 94 to southbound SR-15 when he apparently lost control of the bike and crashed, said CHP Officer Brad Baehr.

The officer slid across to the fast lane of SR-15 in front of oncoming traffic, but was not hit.

Investigators were trying to determine what caused the officer to lose lost control of his machine, Baehr said. Witnesses told reporters of an oil slick at the spot where the motorcycle first went out of control, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

The crash led to all of southbound SR-15 being closed for the investigation, with traffic being diverted onto SR-94 at University Avenue. There was no immediate word on when the freeway would reopen.

Copyright 2007 San Diego Union-Tribune

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