Godfrey Brokenrope, the Aurora, Neb., police chief, was critically injured Thursday in a motorcycle accident on Interstate 80.
Brokenrope, 50, was taken in critical condition by medical helicopter to Bryan LGHWest in Lincoln. He remained in critical condition Friday at the hospital.
“The community is praying for his recovery,'' Aurora Mayor Marlin Seaman said Friday.
The police chief was eastbound on I-80 near the Seward exit about 5 p.m. when the accident occurred.
Authorities said Brokenrope came up on traffic that had slowed and he was unable to stop. The motorcycle veered into the I-80 median and rolled.
Brokenrope, who has been police chief since 2006, was off-duty at the time of the accident, the mayor said.
Part of westbound I-80 was closed for about 20 minutes to allow the medical helicopter to land, the Nebraska State Patrol said. The passing lane of eastbound I-80 near the Seward exit was closed during the patrol's investigation.
The mayor said he was unsure about what type of motorcycle Brokenrope owns.
“I know it's a nice one though,'' Seaman said. “He's very proud of it.''