Update as of 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 21:
The Stamford police officer who was involved in today's accident reportedly suffered scrapes to his knees and a possible wrist injury.
“As far as I know he’s doing fine,” Stamford Police Sgt. Cliff Weed said.
The accident remains under investigation.
Update as of 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 21:
The upper section of Church Hill Road, from the intersections of Main Street and Queen Street, has reopened to traffic following this afternoon's accident.
Newtown police have not released any information about the details of the accident or the status of the officer. Stamford police also did not have information immediately available on the condition of the officer.
The original report follows:
A Stamford police officer was transported to Danbury Hospital Friday afternoon following an accident during a funeral procession in Newtown, officials say.
It isn’t clear what caused the accident or how severe the officer’s injuries are.
The officer, riding a motorcycle, was part of a motorcade on Church Hill Road heading to a 1 p.m. St. Rose of Lima church. He was conscious at the time of transport via Newtown EMS, according to a Bridgeport police sergeant who declined to give his name.
The funeral is for Olivia Engel, 6, one of 20 Sandy Hook Elementary School first-graders killed Dec. 14 along with six adults during a tragic shooting.
Dozens of police departments and other emergency response agencies from throughout the state have arrived in Newtown to help this devastated community. State police are leading an ongoing investigation as they try to establish the gunman’s motive.
Officials temporarily closed Church Hill Road in Newtown from Main Street to Queen Street.
Newtown Patch will update this article as new information comes in.