CHP officer injured in crash near Hearst Castle
May 20, 2016
An on-duty California Highway Patrol officer suffered a broken collarbone Thursday evening when he crashed on Highway 1 near Hearst Castle. A truck smashed into the side of the CHP cruiser while the officer was attempting to make a U-turn.
The CHP has not said whether or not the officer was at fault in the collision. The officer was trying to make the U-turn in order to stop a speeding driver heading in the other direction, according to a CHP news release.
Around 6:09 p.m., CHP officer William Archibald, a 46-year-old Atascadero resident, was driving his Ford patrol SUV northbound on Highway 1 about 1.1 miles south of Hearst Castle Road. Marcos Ortega, a 36-year-old Goleta resident, was driving northbound in a Toyota Tundra pickup about 10 car lengths behind Archibald.
Archibald observed a red Sedan traveling southbound at a high-speed. The officer then slowed his SUV and moved toward the right shoulder to prepare to make a U-turn.
Archibald looked over his left shoulder but did not see any traffic approaching the rear of his vehicle, according to the CHP news release. The officer then began the U-turn directly in front of Ortega’s truck.
The front of the truck collided with the left side of the CHP SUV. The SUV came to a rest on its wheels facing west, and the truck came to a rest on its wheels facing north.
Archibald suffered minor injuries in addition to the broken collarbone. He was transported to Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton.
Ortega complained of pain in his left shoulder following the crash.
CHP officers are continuing to investigate the collision.