Two motorcycle police officers collided and were severely injured in an accident near Kahlotus on Tuesday. The officers were riding in a group on their own motorcycles when the two officers ran into each other according to news reports. Lt. Scott L. Grunhurd, 51, and Sgt. Chad E. Cristelli, 47, were both flown to Kalec hospital in Richland for their injuries. Grunhurd was treated and released but Cristelli suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs and is still in the hospital.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Both riders were wearing helmets and had the proper licenses.