A driver crashed into a procession Saturday after a funeral for a victim of the Orlando, Florida, mass shooting, multiple reports said. Florida Highway Patrol reported that two officers were injured.
The collision occurred as vehicles, escorted by police, traveled from a church to a grave site in Kissimmee, Florida, some 20 miles south of Orlando, ABC News reported. The shooting early Sunday morning at the gay nightclub Pulse had left 49 people dead.
The New York Daily News called the crash a result of an "impatient" driver who attempted to drive through the procession. The paper reported that the two officers were on motorcycles while escorting the procession and were rushed to a hospital. Both officers from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office were reported to be in stable condition.
The driver was reportedly irked that she had to wait for the procession to pass before she could drive on. Reports said she thought she saw break in traffic and apparently decided to attempt to squeeze through, but ended up striking the two officers, who were blocking an intersection on their motorcycles.
Twis Lizasuain, director of public and media relations at the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, released the following statement to Orlando's WFTV-TV:
"Earlier today, two Osceola County Sheriff's deputies assigned to the Motor Unit were struck by a motorist who, for whatever reason, refused to wait for a passing funeral escort. The funeral procession was for a victim of the Pulse Nightclub incident. Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic crash.
Right now, our focus is on the health of our two motor deputies who are being treated at a local hospital. More information will be provided as it becomes available."
The driver was not injured, but reportedly requested medical attention. "She was distraught after the crash and wanted to be checked out," Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes told ABC News, which reported charges against the woman were pending.