3 California Highway Patrol officers injured in violent highway crash


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Three California Highway Patrol officers were injured when a suspected drunk driver slammed into the back of a patrol car on a Los Angeles-area freeway, causing it to burst into flames early Thursday morning.

The massive fire was captured on video. Authorities said officers were investigating a crash along the 105 Freeway around midnight local time and blocked off the area with flares. About 90 minutes later, police say a woman in an SUV drove through the flares and slammed into the back of a patrol car that was parked on the side of the freeway.

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Three California Highway Patrol officers were injured when a suspected drunk driver crashed into a patrol car on a Los Angeles-area freeway, causing it to burst into flames on April 28, 2022.
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The patrol car spun clockwise, hitting one of the CHP officers standing outside, according to Fox 11. Authorities say the officer suffered serious injuries.

The patrol car then caught fire, with two officers still inside. According to Fox 11, a Good Samaritan and another CHP officer ran to the burning car and pulled the two officers out just as the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames. The station reported that another Good Samaritan pulled the third officer, who was hit by the spinning cruiser, away from the flames.

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Three California Highway Patrol officers were injured in a violent crash on April 28, 2022.

Three California Highway Patrol officers were injured in a violent crash on April 28, 2022.
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“I applaud these good Samaritans for their courage to step in and then get in and help our officer out of the car that was completely submerged. Kudos to them,” CHP officer Kevin Tao told Fox 11.

Three California Highway Patrol officers were injured in a violent crash on April 28, 2022.

Three California Highway Patrol officers were injured in a violent crash on April 28, 2022.
(KTLA)

Police said the two officers pulled from the burning cruiser suffered moderate injuries. The three officers were taken to area hospitals.

Three California Highway Patrol officers were injured in a violent crash on April 28, 2022.

Three California Highway Patrol officers were injured in a violent crash on April 28, 2022.
(KTLA)

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The suspect, identified as Lakia Jackson, 41, was taken into custody. Witnesses said they saw her speed up to 95 miles per hour before the crash. CHP officials told Fox 11 they expect Jackson to be booked for driving under the influence.


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