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Elk Grove motorcycle officers heading to funeral slip on diesel spill

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Two Elk Grove police officers on their way to a funeral for an officer in San Jose fell when their motorcycles slipped on a diesel spill.

Around 6:30 a.m. Thursday several officers were riding in formation in Elk Grove on their way to the funeral for San Jose police officer Michael Johnson. As the officers traveled on East Stockton Boulevard onto Grantline Road, two of the officers on motorcycles rode through a diesel fuel spill on the roadway.

The big spill was estimated to be 60 feet long and 8 feet wide. Their tires lost traction with the roadway, causing the officers to lose control their motorcycles, according to department spokesman Officer Christopher Trim.

The motorcycles then went down but not at a high speed. One of the officers suffered non-life threatening injury and was transported to the hospital for treatment. The other officer did not go to the hospital and was walking around after the crash.

The officers who were uninvolved in the crash continued on to the funeral for Officer Johnson. Last week in San Jose, a man threatening to commit suicide unleashed a barrage of gunfire on officers called to check on him, killing Johnson, a 14-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department.

Police said Scott Dunham fatally shot the 38-year-old Johnson. Dunham, 57, was later found dead on his apartment balcony.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.