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CHP motorcycle officer seriously injured in crash on SR-78 in San Marcos area

Posted: 10:07 AM, Oct 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-22 19:24:39-04
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SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) – A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer was taken to the hospital after a crash on a San Marcos-area highway Tuesday morning.

CHP officials said the crash involving a motorcycle officer and another vehicle happened shortly before 9:15 a.m. on eastbound state Route 78 near Nordahl Road.

According to CHP, the officer struck the back of a silver Chevrolet Traverse, causing the officer to be ejected from the motorcycle. As the motorcycle slid into the lanes, it was struck by a blue Subaru.

Both drivers remained at the scene and the officer sustained major injuries to his lower body.

The crash forced the closure of multiple lanes on the eastbound side of SR-78 at Nordahl Road.

As of 4:19 p.m. Tuesday, the officer was undergoing surgery and in stable condition. The officer is a 21-year veteran of the department.