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Motorcycle officers collide on Iron Horse race course

By Stephanie Cook Herald staff writer

Two motorcycle police officers, one from Colorado State Patrol and another from the Farmington Police Department, suffered moderate injuries when they collided Saturday on the course of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, CSP Capt. Martin Petrik said.

At 11:25 a.m., a 34-year-old officer from Farmington was riding in the northbound lane on U.S. Highway 550 near mile marker 69, a few miles from Silverton, Petrick said.

As the officer, who was passing some cyclists, turned on a blind curve, he collided with a 49-year-old CSP officer who was escorting a vehicle in the southbound lane, Petrick said.

Both officers were transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Because the highway was closed to traffic for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic at the time of the incident, it was not illegal for the officer from Farmington to be in the northbound lane, Petrick said.

Neither officer is being charged with causing the collision, Petrick said.

Both officers were in surgery Saturday evening.

The CSP officer was undergoing a surgery on his knee, while the officer from Farmington had a broken collarbone and other moderate injuries, Petrick said.

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