Three people have been killed after crashing into a California Highway Patrol vehicle in Stockton.
Officers were assisting a disabled big rig on I-5 just south of Walnut Grove Road at around 2:30 Tuesday morning.
For unknown reasons, the driver of a 2021 Subaru SUV, caused the vehicle to veer off the roadway to the right causing it to collide with the rear of the CHP patrol vehicle sending the patrol vehicle into the dirt embankment.
Authorities say the Subaru then collided with a tree and became fully engulfed in flames. Sadly, the three occupants in the vehicle succumbed to their injuries on scene and were pronounced deceased.
Two officers were transported to a nearby hospital with major injuries CHP said.
It is unknown whether drugs and/or alcohol were a factor in this collision.
California Vehicle Code section 21809(a)(1)(2) is known as the “Move Over” law. The law requires drivers that are approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying emergency lights, a stationary tow truck displaying amber lights or a stationary CalTrans vehicle displaying amber lights to make a lane change into an available adjacent lane.
If a lane change would be unsafe or impracticable, drivers are required to slow to a reasonable and prudent speed that is safe for existing weather, road, and vehicular or pedestrian traffic conditions.