Two Durham police officers and one Durham County sheriff’s deputy, each riding his department motorcycle, crashed shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday on South Lowell Road in Bahama after finishing a funeral escort assignment.
Deputy Paul Aiken and Officers Larry Cox and Francisco Miguel De Vera Rodriguez were hospitalized, officials said.
Aiken and Cox had what the highway patrol described as minor injuries.
Highway patrol Spokesman Sgt. Michael Baker said Rodriguez’s injuries were serious, but were not believed to not be life-threatening.
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Sheriff Mike Andrews said the three law enforcement officers have ridden together for years and had just finished an assignment escorting a funeral procession when they crashed in the nearby countryside where traffic was reportedly light.
After providing the funeral escort, the officers went to South Lowell Road to practice their formations, according to the sheriff’s department.
Baker said Aiken was going north on South Lowell Road when he lost control of the 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle. It went off the right side of the road and hit a ditch, troopers said.
Cox then lost control of his 2013 Harley Davidson, went off the shoulder and hit a ditch and overturned, highway patrol accident investigators reported.
Rodriguez also went onto the right shoulder and hit a guy wire for a utility pole, and his 2015 Harley Davidson overturned, troopers said.
Photos at the scene showed three motorcycles wrecked on the side of the road.
Investigators were trying to determine what caused the chain of events, Baker said.