CHP officer injured in I-80 accident |

CHP officer injured in I-80 accident

Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) investigator Charlie Radford takes photos at the scene of an accident westbound east of the Hirschdale exit on Interstate 80 Thursday afternoon. California Highway Patrol Sgt. S. Harris and three others were taken to the hospital with injuries following the accident.

A California Highway Patrol officer from the Truckee area office is in serious condition following an accident on Interstate 80 Thursday morning that closed the highway for two hours.

Sgt. S. Harris was responding to a different accident on westbound Interstate 80 when he and three other drivers hit a diesel spill in the roadway near Hirschdale around 8:30 a.m., said CHP Chief Stan Perez from the Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team out of Sacramento.

The vehicles all crashed as a result of the fuel spill and wet conditions, Perez said. Harris’ Dodge Durango rolled over at least two times and came to rest off the right shoulder.

“He was wearing a seat belt, thank God,” Perez said.

Harris was flown by helicopter to Renown Health center, formerly Washoe Medical Center, in Reno. Perez could not give more information on Harris’ injuries. CHP policy does not allow the release of officers’ first names or places of residence in order to protect their identities, Perez said.

Three other people involved in the accident were taken to the hospital by ambulance, but Perez was unsure of their conditions or where they were taken for treatment. He didn’t know how many passengers, if any, were involved in the accident.

The accident is still under investigation by the Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team, which was called to the scene because there were “multiple serious injuries” in the accident, Perez said.

The Truckee area CHP office had to call its afternoon shift on early because there were so many accidents on Interstate 80 this morning, he said. Due to the accident west of Hirschdale, westbound traffic was routed through Glenshire.

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