3 California Highway Patrol officers injured in burning wreckage | California News

DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — Three California Highway Patrol officers investigating a Los Angeles-area freeway accident were injured early Thursday when a motorist rammed a CHP patrol car and it burst into flames , authorities said.

The flaming wreckage occurred around 1:30 a.m. on the east side of Interstate 105 in Downey, southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

An officer standing outside the patrol car was seriously injured while two officers in the patrol car suffered moderate injuries, CHP officer Kevin Tao said.

Two officers remained hospitalized while one was released and all are expected to recover, authorities said.

Lakia Jackson, 41, was driving the SUV that struck the CHP vehicle. She was treated for minor injuries and arrested for investigation into driving under the influence, according to a CHP report.

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It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney to speak on her behalf.

Officers were on the highway responding to a solo vehicle crash that occurred shortly after midnight, leaving this vehicle disabled.

About 90 minutes later, the SUV went through a flare and hit the CHP cruiser, Tao said.

“Immediately after the impact, the patrol car caught fire,” he said.

The east side of I-105 remained completely closed in the area for hours while the CHP Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team worked on the scene.

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