Two people are in the hospital with major injuries after their car was struck by a California Highway Patrol officer responding, with lights and sirens, to another injury collision, the agency said today.
The officer tried to avoid striking the Infiniti after it turned into the path of the cruiser, but was not successful, the CHP said in a news release. The officer suffered minor injuries.
The occupants of the Infiniti - a 68-year-old Roseville resident, who was driving, and a 23-year-old passenger from Sacramento - remain in the hospital but are in stable condition and are said to be improving, said CHP spokesman Officer Michael Bradley. They have not been identified.
The collision occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m., as the CHP officer was headed northbound on Bradshaw Road, approaching Florin Road. The Infiniti was travelling southbound on Bradshaw and made a left turn "directly into the path of the CHP vehicle," the news release states.
Unable to avoid the collision, the front end of the CHP cruiser struck the passenger side of the Infiniti, the CHP said.
The collision happened in front of Bradshaw Feed & Pet Supply. Connie Skufca, the manager there, said she ran outside after hearing the collision.
"It sounded like, 'Oh boy, that wasn't good,'" she said. "It was a good impact."
She said the CHP cruiser had damage to the front end, and that the Infiniti was totaled.
Skufca said she didn't see anyone getting out of the car and was afraid to approach. However, she said she called 911.
"I did not go look in the car," she said. "I don't have the stomach."
She said Bradshaw was closed for up to three hours as authorities investigated.