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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Officials said three people, including a Henrico police officer on a motorcycle, were injured in a crash in Lakeside Thursday afternoon.

The accident was reported just after 1:20 p.m. along Dumbarton Road near Wilson Avenue, in Henrico.

Police said the officer was traveling eastbound on Dumbarton  approaching Wilson while at the same time a car headed eastbound on Dumbarton was attempting to turn left onto Wilson.

“As the car attempted to turn the car and the motorcycle struck," Lt. Chris Garrett  with Henrico Police said. “The officer was ejected from the motorcycle."
Photos from the scene show the motorcycle lying on its side near some bushes and a sedan with front-end  driver’s side door damage.

Henrico Fire officials said one person suffered serious injuries. Two other people had minor injuries in the crash, according to officials.

Houston Scott witnessed the crash.

“There was a cop with his lights on chasing a speeder,” Scott said.

Scott said the officer went to navigate around a car that was turning onto Wilson and was struck.

“Instead of the cop going to the right he came to the left and the car kept turning,” Scott said. “He plowed right into her left corner panel.”

“The motorcycle kept coming for a little bit then he flew off ,” Scott recalled. “The motorcycle ended up in a bush and about 30 yards down.”

Scott said he rushed to check on the officer, who he said had been knocked out.

“He didn’t know what happened,” Scott said. “It knocked him into next week.Thank God he is OK.”

“I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I was watching a scene from a movie. It was unreal.”

Officials said the officer and the driver of the car were transported to area hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening.

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