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CHP officer clearing crash on Highway 17 injured in 2nd crash along with 2nd victim

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REDWOOD ESTATES -- A California Highway Patrol officer was hurt in a crash Tuesday that happened while the officer was clearing another crash in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The CHP said the crashes happened at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday along Highway 17 just north of Redwood Estates. A San Jose area CHP officer was clearing a crash in the northbound lanes when an older model Lexus traveling northbound lost control and spun onto the right shoulder, hitting both the officer and the patrol vehicle.

A wrecked CHP patrol vehicle following a crash on Highway 17 near Redwood Estates, November 8, 2022. California Highway Patrol

The CHP said the officer suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to the hospital. The driver of the Lexus, a 39-year-old woman from Salinas, complained of pain and was also transported to a hospital.

Northbound Highway 17 was shut down during the crash investigation.

The CHP said alcohol and/or drug intoxication were not believed to be a factor in the crash. 

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