CHP Officer Working on Amgen Hit by Car

Officers condition initially considered serious, but after medical evaluation he was expected to make a full recovery

Sunday, May 19, 2013  |  Updated 4:42 PM PDT
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A highway patrol officer was airlifted to a hospital after he crashed into a car that may have been making a u-turn.

A highway patrol officer was airlifted to a hospital after he crashed into a car that may have been making a u-turn.

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A California Highway Patrol officer from Oakland working the Amgen Tour of California was seriously injured Saturday in Brentwood.

The officer was riding ahead of the pack of bicyclists just before 12:30 p.m. providing traffic control for the race when the crash occurred, according to CHP spokesman Jonathan Fransen. 

The CHP said he collided with a car on Marsh Creek Road, just east of Deer Valley Road.

The CHP said it appears the driver was making a u-turn when he or she collided with the motorcycle officer.

This happened at 12:30 p.m. The officer was life-flighted to John Muir Hospital with what was considered moderate-to-major injuries, according to the CHP.  

After being evaluated by doctors, his condition was improved. The officer is expected to recover and could be released as soon as tomorrow, Fransen said.

Investigators said Saturday that it was too early to tell if the driver will face charges. A photographer on the scene said that the motorcycle appeared to be totaled.

The Tour of California was on one of the final legs of a cross-state race. Cyclists were racing from Livermore to the top of Mount Diablo.

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