PHOENIX - An accident on the Loop 101 in the north Valley shut down the freeway for hours Sunday night.
The eastbound lanes of the Pima Freeway were closed for the crash that happened around 5:15 p.m. near 7th Street.
Department of Public Safety Officer Raul Garcia said in an email Sunday night that an on-duty Phoenix police detective was injured in the crash.
Garcia said five vehicles were involved in the collision in which a motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries.
According to Garcia, the detective had pulled over a passenger car for at least one moving violation.
As the passenger car moved into the right emergency lane a pickup truck pulling a camping travel trailer rear-ended the detective's SUV and side-swiped the passenger car. The detective's SUV ended up in the HOV lane.
Garcia said the detective was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Garcia said that after this crash occurred, another SUV slowed down due to traffic congestion in the area of the HOV lane and was rear-ended by a sport motorcycle. The rider was thrown from the motorcycle and was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
On Monday Phoenix police said the detective is 42 years old and a 16 year veteran of the department. He is in stable condition and improving in the hospital. His name was not released.