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UPDATE: Sacramento County sheriff’s vehicle catches fire following collision

Only minor injuries were reported Tuesday afternoon in a three-vehicle collision involving a Sacramento County sheriff’s vehicle, which subsequently caught fire, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred about 2:46 p.m. as a deputy in an unmarked vehicle was northbound on Capital City Freeway, south of Exposition Boulevard, in the left lane, said CHP spokesman Officer Chad Hertzell. He said a vehicle rear-ended the sheriff’s vehicle, pushing it into the car in front of it, and the deputy’s vehicle caught fire.

Sacramento Fire Department crews responded and extinguished the fire. Fire Department spokesman Roberto Padilla said there had been reports of exploding ammunition.

Hertzell said people likely heard pops from the ammunition, but he said there were no flying bullets.

He said minor injuries were reported, but no one was taken to the hospital.

Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman said the deputy is a detective with the department’s Property Crimes Bureau. The deputy reported that the vehicle was quickly engulfed by fire, leaving her no time to retrieve items, including her purse and cell phone. Bowman said the deputy was wearing her gun when the crash occurred, so it was not in the burning vehicle.

The CHP is handling investigation of the collision.

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