A veteran California Highway Patrol motor officer remains hospitalized with major injuries after an I-80 chain reaction accident Tuesday morning launched him into the center median and guardrail.
Officer Andy Beasley, a ten year veteran, was transported to Mercy San Juan shortly after the 7:42 a.m. accident with multiple broken bones, minor abrasions and a concussion. The injuries are not life threatening, said Lizz Dutton, a spokeswoman for the department.
The accident occurred on westbound Interstate 80, between Greenback Lane and Antelope Road. Traffic has been congested for hours in the westbound direction of the freeway.
The accident began with a Chevrolet Cruze, driven by Debra Andes, 53, of Grass Valley, rear ending a Toyota Corolla during a lane change in stop-and-go traffic, the CHP said. The Toyota, driven by Jessica Brown, 50, of Fair Oaks, was then pushed into the carpool lane as the motorcycle officer was approaching.
The motorcycle traveling at 45-50 mph struck the side of the Toyota, ejecting Beasley. Beasley has been a motor officer for about 5 years, the CHP said.
"He had non life-threatening but major injuries is what we have been told," said Dutton.
Two lanes were closed for about two and half hours during the collision investigation.