BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said an on-duty motorcycle police officer suffered serious injuries after a car turned in front of him Monday evening.
Louisiana State Police identified the officer as James Foster, 39, of Denham Springs. Troopers said the crash happened on O'Neal Lane at Riverdale Avenue East in Baton Rouge just before 6 p.m.
Tpr. Jared Sandifer with LSP said the preliminary investigation showed Foster was headed south on O'Neal on a marked police motorcycle while on his way to respond to a wreck on I-12 near Denham Springs.
He added an elderly woman driving a 2008 Honda Accord in the opposite direction made a left turn in front of Foster and his motorcycle hit the car.
The Denham Springs Police reported the impact threw Foster off his motorcycle. It added he had taken O'Neal to avoid the traffic on I-12 while trying to reach the accident scene.
Foster was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Despite wearing a helmet, he was seriously injured. According to Police Chief Scott Jones, Foster sustained multiple injuries. He was undergoing surgery as of 10 p.m.
The driver of the car was cited for failure to yield turning left at an intersection.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.