Motorcycle deputy hurt in 10 Freeway crash


WEST COVINA – A motorcycle deputy suffered injuries Thursday in a crash that snarled the afternoon commute through the San Gabriel Valley, officials said.
The crash took place just after 3 p.m. on the eastbound 10 Freeway, just east of Puente Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Boese said.
The deputy was on his way home from work at the Los Angeles County sheriff’s West Hollywood Station and riding in the No. 2 lane just prior to the crash, California Highway Patrol Officer Jaime Rosas said. A Ford Expedition SUV being driven by a West Covina woman in her 30s was eastbound in the No. 1 lane.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation by the CHP, however the SUV began to merge toward the right when the two vehicles collided, according to Boese and Rosas.
“That caused the deputy to fall off his motorcycle and land in traffic lanes,” Boese said.
The dazed deputy radioed in the crash, Rosas said, prompting a massive response from rescuers fearing the worst.
A Metro Freeway Service Patrol crew happened to be just behind the crash and helped the injured deputy reach the side of the road, Boese said.
Paramedics took the deputy to hospital for examination and treatment, Rosas said.
The woman at the wheel of the SUV was not injured, officials added. She remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
The deputy’s motorcycle continued travelling without a rider for about 100 feet before crashing into a chain-link fence along the right shoulder,
Officials briefly shut down the three right lanes of the eastbound 10 Freeway following the crash, causing traffic to back up past the 605 Freeway.

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