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Motorcycle officer injured on Florida's Turnpike

Officer was traveling to memorial service for slain FBI agent
A Port St. Lucie police motorcycle officer was injured in a traffic accident on Florida's Turnpike on Saturday.
Posted at 2:32 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-07 18:20:56-05

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — A Port St. Lucie police motorcycle officer was injured in a traffic accident on Florida's Turnpike on Saturday.

At approximately 10 a.m. the officer was traveling southbound on Florida's Turnpike in Martin County, on their way to the memorial service for FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger.

A tractor trailer tire blew out, causing a piece of the tire to go underneath another tractor trailer.

That piece of tire was propelled into Motor Officer Joseph Byrne, knocking him off his motorcycle.

He sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

The Port St. Lucie Police Department says he was released from the hospital on Saturday.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office investigated the incident.