A Knox County Sheriff's Office motorcycle officer and the Newport Police Chief were among those injured when several motorcycles crashed during the "Ride for Life" Saturday morning.
It happened around 11:20 a.m. on Clinton Highway, according to a release from the sheriff's office.
A group of motorcycle riders was heading northbound when a motorcycle, driven by Newport PD Chief Maurice Shults, struck the left saddlebag of KSCO Sgt. Roger Sexton's motorcycle.
The impact threw Shults off his motorcycle into the median.
Further back, Donald Zerillo, lost control of his motorcycle, which then struck the back of a motorcycle driven by KCSO Assistant Chief Clyde Cowan. Zerillo's motorcycle fell over.
Sgt. Sexton and Chief Shults were transported to UT Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Zerillo also went to the hospital with unknown injuries.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, which is under investigation.
The "Ride for Life" was hosted by the Knox County Sheriff's Office to raise money for the KCSO Life Skills program, a substance abuse program that teaches 5th-grade students how to say 'no' to drugs, make healthy choices, resolve conflicts, and take charge of their lives.
The ride began at 11 a.m. at the Harley-Davidson on Clinton Highway and was set to travel to Norris Dam and then back to Harley-Davidson.