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Police officer injured in collision with Caltrans vehicle

September 1, 2019

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California police officer was injured when his patrol car collided with a Caltrans truck on a freeway that had been shut down as a woman threatened suicide.

The Riverside Police Department says its officers responded with the California Highway Patrol as the distraught woman threatened to jump from an overpass on the State Route 91 freeway.

The woman was detained and officers were leaving as the freeway was being opened.

A video recorded by a motorist appeared to show the Caltrans truck turned across lanes as police cars swiftly approached.

Riverside police say the officer was hospitalized in stable condition and has a good prognosis.

The Caltrans worker was not injured.

The crash is being investigated by the Highway Patrol.

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