A motorcycle officer was airlifted to the hospital after he collided with an sports utility vehicle and his bike caught on fire Monday morning in Hialeah, officials said.
Hialeah Police said the officer was thrown from his motorcycle after he crashed into the side of a Ford Explorer in the area of Palm Avenue and 43rd Street just after 10 a.m.
"There were plenty of people outside," said Hialeah Police officer Eddie Rodriguez. "This happened in broad daylight on Palm and 41st street. So there were lots of people who saw what happened and even a few who came to render aid."
The motorcycle burst into flames, officials said. The unidentified officer suffered serious injuries to his extremities and was taken by a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is expected to survive.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Police have not said which driver was at fault.
Authorities said Palm Avenue would be closed for several hours in both directions while the crash is investigated and the wreckage is cleared.
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