Police officers crash during training
Two “experienced” Police officers were rushed to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital yesterday after they were involved in a collision near Police headquarters in Prospect during a training exercise.
“One officer apparently has a broken ankle while the other officer has injuries to his arms and legs, as well as what is believed to be a mild concussion,” a police spokesman said. “The injured male officers continue to receive treatment at the hospital at this time.
“Both Police motorcycles involved were extensively damaged; however, no one from the public was injured.”
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision is continuing.
The scene of the accident, just outside National Sports Centre, on Frog Lane in Prospect, was processed by the forensic support unit as well as the traffic collision investigator.
As media arrived at about 11am, an ambulance was leaving Frog Lane. One of the severely damaged motorcycles was lying on the road, while the other was lying on the pavement near the eastern entrance to the North Field element of the National Sports Centre.
Debris from the damaged cycles littered the road. Multiple emergency vehicles and personnel were on hand, while several clearly concerned members of the Bermuda Police Service were observing the site of the accident.
Three additional Police bikes were stationary at the scene, although it is not known if they were also involved in the training exercise, or had responded to the report of the crash. Chief Inspector Hashim Estwick told the media: “At around 10.30am, first responders were dispatched to a collision along Frog Lane in Devonshire involving two of our Police colleagues, both riding motorcycles.”
The vehicles involved in the collision were a Honda 800cc and a Yamaha 1300cc. Ch Insp Estwick explained that manufacturers have stopped producing the 800cc for the international market. As a result, Police have been adding the 1300cc, which is the next size up, to their fleet of cycles.
He said: “The two Police motorcyclists injured were assisting with a training exercise at the time of the collision and are experienced riders.”
Ch Insp Estwick added that both men involved in the accident were very experienced motorcyclists, describing them as being at the highest level.
The accident victims had been engaged in a laser speed-check device training session when the accident occurred.
“It was part of a training of officers in the use of equipment,” Ch Insp Estwick said.