The California Highway Patrol has released the name of the CHP officer involved in a collision in Orland that resulted in the death of a teenage boy Tuesday afternoon.
The officer was identified as James Gamble, 49, of Willows. Gamble is a 20-year veteran assigned to the CHP’s Northern Division, headquartered in Redding.
Gamble was driving a CHP patrol car northbound on Interstate 5 about 3:22 p.m. Tuesday, approaching a construction zone south of the County Road 20 overcrossing in Orland. Traffic had slowed south of the construction zone and Gamble was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision, according to a CHP news release. His car struck the automobile in front of him, causing a chain-reaction collision involving four vehicles.
Weston Sites, 15, a passenger in the seat of a 2013 Hyundai, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. Two teenage girls in the Hyundai, the 17-year-old driver and a 15-year-old, were injured and transported to Enloe Medical Center in Chico for treatment of what the CHP described as minor injuries. Gamble also suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.
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The collision is being investigated by the CHP’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team. CHP officials said the team will examine all aspects of the collision, including the officer’s actions up to and at the time of the collision.