UPDATE: Injured CHP officer in big rig crash expected to recover


KLAMATH, Calif. - 2/20/17 2:10 p.m. UPDATE:

The Crescent City California Highway Patrol (CHP) told North Coast News that CHP Officer Jose Martinez is expected to make a full recovery after a brutal accident with a big rig.

CHP said that Officer Martinez is still at Mercy Medical Center in Redding recovering from broken bones and serious internal injuries but is awake and alert and reportedly in good spirits.

CHP officials also said that doctors believe that while Officer Martinez has a long road to recovery ahead of him, there will be no lasting, life-long injuries.

As far to what caused the accident Crescent City CHP said that the Northern Division Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) will be handling the investigation and that at this time the investigation is still on-going.


2/17/17 10:30 a.m. UPDATE:

The officer taken to the hospital with serious injuries has been identified as Officer Jose Martinez of the California Highway Patrol in Crescent City.

Martinez has been transported to Mercy Medical Center in Redding, according to the CHP.

Officers said Martinez was responsive when he was extricated from his patrol car.

Highway 101 is open again. The incident remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


Highway 101 has been closed in both directions in Del Norte County.

According to The CHP, the closure was caused by a big rig that collided with a CHP cruiser. The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. in Klamath at the intersection of Ehlers Way and Highway 101.

Officers told North Coast News that they do not have an estimated time to reopen the highway, and there is no word on any injuries.