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Police searching for moped riders involved in crash with motorcycle officer

Police were searching for the driver and passenger of a moped involved in a crash that left a Buffalo Police motorcycle officer injured Saturday afternoon, police said.

At about 2 p.m., the officer tried to stop a driver and passenger on a moped that was northbound on Kail Street, just south of Austin Street, for allegedly speeding and riding without a helmet.

“The driver of the moped stopped suddenly and struck the front wheel of the police motorcycle causing the Officer to swerve, lose control and crash,” police said in a statement.

The officer, whose name was not released, was identified by Buffalo police as a veteran motorcycle officer. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

The Buffalo Police Department’s Accident Investigation Unit is probing the case.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call or text the police confidential TIPCALL line at 847-2255.

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