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CHP officer injured in collision with propane truck in Yuba County

A California Highway Patrol officer suffered moderate injuries Thursday morning when his patrol vehicle was involved in a collision with a propane truck in Yuba County.

The collision occurred about 9 a.m. as Officer Eric Dryden was driving a marked CHP patrol vehicle westbound on Highway 20 west of Marysville Road, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. Traveling directly behind him was a 2011 Freightliner propane truck.

The officer spotted a speeding vehicle traveling eastbound and attempted to make a U-turn to conduct an enforcement stop on the vehicle, officials said. As the officer slowed down and steered to the left to make the U-turn, the driver of the propane truck steered to the left in an attempt avoid the CHP vehicle. The right front of the propane truck collided with the left front door of the patrol vehicle.

The officer, assigned to the CHP’s Yuba-Sutter office, was taken to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville. The driver of the propane truck was not injured, officials said.

The CHP reported that neither drugs or alcohol appear to have been factors in the crash. The collision remains under investigation.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.