A California Highway Patrol officer suffered minor injuries Tuesday night in a two-car collision on Highway 20 near Smartsville in Yuba County.
The collision occurred about 7:30 p.m. as the CHP officer in a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria was eastbound on Highway 20 approaching the intersection of Hammonton-Smartville Road. A 20-year-old Roseville woman driving a 2006 Subaru Legacy northbound on Hammonton-Smartville Road stopped for a posted stop sign, but failed to see the CHP vehicle approaching on Highway 20, according to a CHP news release. She pulled directly into the path of the CHP vehicle as she attempted to make a left turn onto westbound Highway 20, officials said.
The CHP vehicle was traveling about 55 mph, and the front of the vehicle struck the left side of the Subaru, causing major damage to both vehicles. Both drivers suffered minor injuries, as did the passenger in the Subaru, a 34-year-old man from Chula Vista in Southern California.
The CHP officer was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley. Officials said the driver of the Subaru and her passenger declined to be taken to a hospital.
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Both lanes of Highway 20 were blocked by the wreckage for about two hours and traffic was detoured around the collision scene.