New York State Police are investigating a motorcycle crash in the Hudson River Valley that seriously injured a West Haven Police officer.
Officer Michael Doyle, 34, was part of a motorcycle training exercise at the time of the incident on Wednesday afternoon, according to West Haven police.
According to a New York State Police press release, Doyle swerved to avoid a merging vehicle and his motorcycle collided with another officer's motorcycle on the Taconic State Parkway in Putnam Valley, New York.
Officer Doyle was thrown from his motorcycle onto the pavement and suffered severe injuries, West Haven police said. He is an 8-year veteran of the West Haven Police Department.
"Thoughts and prayers go out to the officer and his family. It's a tragic accident," said West Haven Mayor Ed O’Brien.
Authorities said a group of police motorcyclists from different law enforcement agencies were involved in the training exercise at the time. The officers were traveling south on the parkway when a vehicle entered from the Bryant Pond Road on-ramp and came into the officers' path, according to authorities.
Doyle was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center, police said.
The other officer and the driver of the car were not injured, according to New York State Police.
"What we're hoping in the next few hours is that the officer is okay, they are treating him in New York and he makes a speedy recovery," O’Brien said.