Officer in serious condition after motorcycle crash in VP Mike Pence's motorcade: Report

Posted at 11:31 AM, Jun 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-24 18:43:44-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A police officer in Colorado Springs in Vice President Mike Pence’s motorcade is in serious condition following a crash early Saturday morning, according to media outlets in the area.

The Colorado Springs Police Department and the Secret Service were escorting Pence to the Colorado Springs airport when the motorcycle and a car collided on Highway 24 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Bypass near Circle Drive just before 8 a.m., according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The officer was identified as Andrew Holland, who has been employed with the department since 2009. Police said he was assigned as a motorcycle officer in 2012. 

Westbound lanes on Highway 24 were shut down at Fountain Boulevard and drivers were being asked to avoid the area while police worked to clear the scene, the Gazette reported. The roads were back open at around 11:45 a.m., according to police. 

The crash appears to accidental, the Gazette also reported, but the investigation is ongoing.

Pence was in Colorado this weekend to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian organization founded in 1977 by psychologist James Dobson. It is headquartered in Colorado Springs.