A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer and a tow truck driver were among those injured in a multivehicle crash on the 10 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles Thursday morning.
A crash was reported near the Normandie Avenue off-ramp shortly before 10 a.m., involving a big rig and a white car, according to CHP’s traffic incident log.
The CHP officer and a tow truck driver were assisting with the initial collision when they were injured as a result of another vehicle, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A Nissan Altima slammed into the officer’s motorcycle, which struck the first responder and tow truck driver. Both were knocked to the ground, the newspaper reported.
There was no immediate word on the officer’s condition, but the Times reported he was seriously injured. Aerial video from Sky5 did show the officer give a thumbs up sign as he was being loaded into an ambulance.
At least one other person was also transported from the scene. Their condition was unknown.
The eastbound and westbound sides of the freeway were completely closed for hours as emergency crews responded to the scene.
The Altima driver tried to flee the area, but was detained by at least one citizen, according to the CHP.
That person was later arrested on suspicion of DUI after a blood test was conducted at the hospital, officials said.