LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — A San Jose police officer was hospitalized after he crashed his vehicle into a big-rig on a highway in Livermore Wednesday morning, California Highway Patrol officials said.
According to CHP officer Derek Reed, the police officer was driving home in his personal SUV.READ MORE: Rain Showers Trigger Power Outages Across The Bay Area
At 12:10 a.m., the officer rear-ended a big-rig on eastbound state Highway 84 just north of Ruby Hill Drive. The big-rig had stopped because of construction on the highway, Reed said.
The SUV caught on fire, and CHP officers who were already at the scene used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze. They managed to get the police officer out of the vehicle, which was totaled, Reed said.READ MORE: Dozens of Dogs, Cats Removed From Danville Home
The officer suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. No one else was injured in the crash, Reed said.
Highway 84 was shut down in both directions for a short time. The scene was cleared at 1:30 a.m., Reed said.MORE NEWS: Oakland Church Group Hosts Party to Preach Anti-Violence by Practicing Community
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