Two Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies were not injured after a marked Sheriff’s Office vehicle was rear ended on Friday afternoon west of Jamestown.

California Highway Patrol - Sonora area Officer Jason Austin said that at about 5:27 p.m. on Highway 49, south of Woods Way, Ryan Roberts, 19, of La Grange, was driving a 1998 Honda Civic, which rear-ended a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by David Danel, 43, of Sonora.

CHP accident information indicated that just prior to the accident, another vehicle hit a horse trailer and called for a tow at 5:32 p.m.

In the Sheriff’s Office vehicle at the time were Daniel, a deputy, and Sgt. Andrea Benson.

Benson, who was the passenger, said both sustained soreness to their neck and back.

“We were being flagged down as a previous traffic collision had just occurred. We slowed and tried to come to a stop to pull over to assist and call for additional emergency services and were rear ended,” she said.

Benson said the driver of the Civic may have been looking at the previous accident and did not notice the patrol vehicle in front of it.
“It definitely was a shock and once I knew I was OK and could move we both got out and went to the people in the vehicle that hit us to make sure they were OK and offer help,” she said.

The patrol vehicle sustained damage to the bumper and the rear driver’s side tire, she said.

The vehicle was towed and is being evaluated for repair.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.