Murfreesboro officer injured in motorcycle crash while responding to call

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Murfreesboro police officer was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash while responding to a call in Rutherford County Thursday afternoon.

It happened on Memorial Boulevard near Kroger around 2:35 p.m. as Officer Matthew Stern was on his way traveling south to an unrelated crash on Church Street.

The vehicle which crashed into the motorcycle, a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox, was driving to the right of the officer.

The Chevy Equinox tried to turn left in front of the officer when the crash took place.

Officer Stern was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with serious internal injuries. He is expected to undergo several surgeries and is listed in serious but stable condition.

The Department asked the community to keep the officer and his family in their prayers.

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“Everybody is concerned. Police departments are like family and it’s a big family. Everybody is concerned and has inquired about his status,” said Police Chief Karl Durr.

Chief Durr said Stern has been on the force for about nine years. He said he expected to see the officer and his family later Thursday.

The passenger and driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash were not hurt, but according to Durr, they were shaken up.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Additional information was not released.