Colorado Springs motorcycle officer injured while escorting Pence motorcade

The officer crashed while escorting the vice president to the airport.

COLORADO SPRINGS - A Colorado Springs motorcycle officer was seriously hurt Saturday morning after he was in a crash while escorting Vice President Mike Pence’s motorcade.

Pence was in Colorado Springs to visit Focus on the Family, meet with Air Force members and go to a reception for Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado). 

Colorado Springs Police say officer Andrew Holland’s injury was “absolutely” an accident, and not caused by deliberate action on anyone’s part. What led up to the crash, which happened near the Martin Luther King Jr. bypass and South Circle Drive, remains under investigation. 

Police say the motorcade was headed to the airport.

Holland, who's been with the agency since 2009, was transported to the hospital. Police are waiting until they are certain his family has been notified before he is identified. They say he is in serious but stable condition.

On Sunday, Holland has a successful surgery and will be kept in the ICU overnight for observation.

The westbound MLK bypass was closed at East Fountain Boulevard due to the investigation but has since reopened. 

In a tweet, Colorado Springs Police said to keep the officer and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Pence said via Twitter he spoke to the officer's wife. 

"So relieved his injuries not life threatening," he said. "Keep him in your thoughts/prayers." 
 

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