Officers injured in Langsdorf processional

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Two police officers were injured Thursday in a vehicle accident during the procession for fallen North County Cooperative officer Michael Langsdorf.

SkyZoom 4 was over the procession when the officers were seen on the ground with their bikes next to them.

They had driven ahead of the hearse to provide traffic control.

Bike officers routinely drive at high speeds to get ahead of the hearse and close off streets before the motorcade arrives. After the motorcade passes, they have to catch back up and get ahead of the motorcade again to close off more streets.

One of the officers works for St. Charles County, the other works for Webster Groves. Both were taken to an area hospital with injuries. 

According to the St. Charles County Police Chief David Todd, the officers' bikes clipped each other and caused a crash near Jamieson and Chippewa in South City. 

Moments before the crash, police say one of the officers saw a car trying to leave a parking lot. He maneuvered to block that driver but then crossed in front of the other officer.

Several officers from multiple departments and several emergency medical responders were on scene tending to the officers 

Todd said both officers are expected to be okay, though the St. Charles Officer, who has been with the department for 10 years, may have a broken leg and underwent X-Rays. 

He also reportedly hit his head during the crash and may have to remain in the hospital overnight. 

The Webster Groves officer may be discharged by the end of Thursday.

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