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Motorcycle cop injured in accident on Rivergate Parkway

Posted: Updated: July 23, 2013 01:02 PM
A Goodlettsville motorcycle officer was injured after a wreck on Rivergate Parkway. A Goodlettsville motorcycle officer was injured after a wreck on Rivergate Parkway.
A damaged police motorcycle is placed on a wrecker. The Goodlettsville police officer was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A damaged police motorcycle is placed on a wrecker. The Goodlettsville police officer was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
A Goodlettsville motorcycle officer was injured after a wreck on Rivergate Parkway. A Goodlettsville motorcycle officer was injured after a wreck on Rivergate Parkway.
GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Police work is dangerous to begin with, but a Goodlettsville motorcycle officer was taken to a hospital Tuesday because of a driver accused of simply not paying attention.

Officer Chip Spencer was stopped at a traffic light when a pickup pulling a trailer rear-ended him about 11 a.m. on Rivergate Parkway near the Interstate 65 interchange

After the crash occurred, Spencer was alert and taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The chief of police said Spencer is in stable condition, alert and in "good spirits."

"Fortunately, in this situation, it looks like we've done as well as can be expected in these circumstances," said Goodlettsville Police Chief Gary Goodwin.

According to investigators, the driver did not see the officer until it was too late and did not have enough time to brake.

"People really have to take the extra effort for a motorcycle. They're just not as visible as a car and so you always have to keep that in mind," Goodwin said.

Police cited the driver of the pickup with failure to yield.

Spencer, one of two motorcycle officers employed by the Goodlettsville Police Department, should be just fine and remains for now at Vandy.

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