CHP motorcycle officer hurt in accident on Highway 41

A traffic accident on northbound Highway 41 caused minor injuries to a California Highway Patrol officer and backed up traffic for miles Friday morning.

The CHP closed the northbound lanes just south of Shaw Avenue while investigating the accident, which happened shortly before 11 a.m.

Officer Kirk Arnold said the CHP motorcycle officer had pulled over a vehicle and was in the process of writing a citation when he was struck. Arnold said the officer was transported to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries.

CHP Capt. Craig Kunzler said a black Dodge Charger went out of control while traveling northbound on Highway 41 and began to roll. The car hit the CHP motorcycle, causing it to tip over, then struck the officer.

In a call to the CHP dispatchers, the officer radioed in, “I was run over.”

The driver of the Charger, the sole occupant of the car, was uninjured and left the crash scene, Kunzler said.

“It's a tough call to get,” said Kunzler of not knowing the severity of the officer’s injuries when the crash was called out.

Northbound 41 was reopened fully shortly after noon.