A California Highway Patrol officer was injured in a solo-vehicle crash Wednesday when the CHP-marked 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe he was driving smashed into a tree on Highway 88 east of Pioneer in Amador County.

The crash occurred at 9:52 a.m. and photos posted two hours later by CHP Amador communications staff showed the post-crash sports utility vehicle reduced to half its normal width in the mid-section, with its light bar still attached, at least one wheel fully detached, and deflated airbags that deployed due to the force of the vehicle striking a mature tree next to the pavement of Highway 88. One of the doors of the CHP Chevy Tahoe was torn off in the crash.

The CHP officer was not identified and the extent of his injuries were not released Wednesday afternoon by CHP Amador communications staff. He was flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Placer County as a precaution, and he was expected to be released later Thursday, Officer Ben Ibarra with CHP Amador in Jackson said.

The location of the crash, near Inspiration Drive East, was about six miles east of Pioneer. The landing zone for CHP Valley Division Air Ops Helicopter 24 was nearby. Highway 88 is also known as the Carson Pass Highway and the crash location was about 40 miles west of Carson Pass.

There were no witnesses to the crash and Ibarra had yet to see a statement from the officer involved in the crash, Ibarra said. No one with CHP had an estimate for how fast the Chevy Tahoe was moving before the crash occurred.

“It’s unknown what statement he has,” Ibarra said. “We still don't know exactly what happened.”

The solo-vehicle crash involving a sworn law enforcement officer prompted emergency responders from the Amador County Sheriff's Office, Amador Fire District headquarters, Caltrans District 10, and members of the American Legion from Amador Post 108 in Sutter Creek.


Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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