Dps Officer Recovering From Injuries

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Department of Public Safety Officer Roger Cain is recovering at Tempe St. Luke's Hospital following an accident on the Loop 202 freeway in Phoenix last week.


Cain -- the son of former Gila County Undersheriff Harry Cain and his wife, Fran -- was injured on duty during rush-hour traffic when his motorcycle was pinned between a pickup truck he had just pulled over and a van that plowed into him.


"It's going to be a while before he gets back to work, that's for sure," Harry Cain said Thursday. "He got a bad cut on his head from the concussion under his helmet. The helmet strap tore his ear, and they sewed that back up."


The 32-year-old's left shoulder was broken in several places, and he is awaiting surgery to repair the damage. He also suffered four broken ribs, smashed up his left arm, and sustained a compound fracture to his left leg.


"There were no injuries to his vital organs," his father said, "and his brain's working great."


Luckily, the elder Cain said, his son remembers nothing of the accident.


According to DPS spokesman Andy Vidaure, Cain was patrolling the 202 during afternoon rush hour traffic Thursday, when he pulled over a pickup truck. Officials say Cain was well within the right-hand safety lane when the van struck from behind. Witnesses say the young officer was thrown about 100 feet from the collision, which left his motorcycle sandwiched between the pickup and the van.


The driver of the van, a Glendale man, also was taken to Maricopa County Medical Center, and is listed in serious condition. The driver of the pickup was taken to Tempe St. Luke's Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.


Traffic on the 202 came to a grinding halt for more than four hours while emergency crews cleared the scene and officers conducted an investigation.


"We really want to thank everybody for their concerns and their prayers," Cain said. "We've been down in the Valley, so our answering machine has just been filled with messages."


Cain, a 1985 graduate of Payson High School, has been with DPS for 12 years. He was stationed in the Rim country for many years, and transferred to the Phoenix area 18 months ago.


Cards and flowers can be sent to Roger Cain at Tempe St. Luke's Hospital, 1500 South Mill Avenue, Tempe, Ariz. 85281.


"Friends and family calling to check on him has been a real motivator for recovery," Cain said.

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