Motorcycle crash injures 2 Durham police officers and deputy

BAHAMA, N.C. (WNCN) — Two Durham police officers and a Durham County deputy were injured when their three motorcycles were involved in a chain-reaction crash Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.


The incident happened just after 3 p.m. in the 8500 block of South Lowell Road near N.C. Highway 157/Guess Road just west of Bahama, according to Durham police.

No one else was injured or involved in the incident, Durham police said.

The three had been part of a funeral escort before traveling to South Lowell Road to practice formations, the sheriff’s office said.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the crash first started with Durham County Deputy Paul Aiken losing control of his 2013 Harley Davidson while traveling north on South Lowell Road.

As Aiken lost control of his motorcycle, he traveled off onto the northbound shoulder and struck a ditch, the Highway Patrol said.

Then, as a result of Aiken’s crash, the two Durham police officers lost control of their motorcycles.

Officer Larry Cox, who was operating a 2013 Harley Davidson, traveled onto the northbound shoulder, struck a ditch and overturned.

Officer Francisco Miguel De Vera Rodriguez, who was operating a 2015 Harley Davidson, traveled onto the northbound shoulder, struck a utility pole support wire and overturned.

Aiken and Cox sustained minor injuries. De Vera sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Lowell Road was closed in that area and a detour was set up, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said.

The Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

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