Wichita motorcycle officer seriously hurt in crash

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A Wichita motorcycle officer suffered serious injuries in a crash Wednesday afternoon on East Kellogg.

The officer's husband tells KAKE News Tricia Tiede is doing okay, but she has three broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung and a dislocated collar bone. She also required stitches in her lip.

The accident happened at around 2 p.m. on eastbound Kellogg near Grove. Lt. Jeff Allen said the Tiede was driving through a construction area when the vehicles in front of her began to brake rapidly, causing an "accordion effect."

"She tried to take and evasive maneuver to avoid striking the vehicle in front of her. She clipped that vehicle and then ended up laying the motorcycle down, which caused the injuries that she sustained," Lt. Allen said. 

The officer, a 20-year veteran of the force and motorcycle unit instructor, was hospitalized with significant but non life-threatening injuries.

"She had some pretty significant injuries to her face."

Eastbound Kellogg was shut down in the area and the ramp from I-135 to eastbound Kellogg was closed while officers worked to clear the scene.

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The motorcycle unit was officially relaunched earlier this year. It was disbanded in 2001 after a series of accidents and after the traffic unit was de-centralized.

"We've had them out since about December, and they're going to be out more and more as the weather gets warmer," Allen said. 

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