MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A City of Miami Police officer was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning after losing control of his motorcycle.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. Tuesday. Police said one of their veteran motor men was heading westbound on SR 836 and as he exited on 72nd Avenue, debris on the road caused his motorcycle to slide out from under him.

“Anytime we hear of an officer injured our heart stops,” said Miami Police Sgt. Freddie Cruz. “Luckily he was able to get on the radio and advice us of his exact location.”

Within minutes several rescue crews and officers arrived on the scene. The officer suffered non life-threatening injuries in an accident that could have been a whole lot worse.

“Our traffic enforcement officers on motorcycle can fall and don’t have the defense of a vehicle with airbags,” said Sgt. Cruz. “This could have had nasty consequences luckily he is okay.”

According to police, the officer suffered an injury to his leg and lower back. He’s already undergone surgery and his fellow officers who were standing by waiting for him to arrive at the hospital told CBS 4’s Marybel Rodriguez he is in good spirits.

Marybel Rodriguez