California Highway Patrol News

California Fire That Killed 3 Threatens Thousands of Homes

OROVILLE, Calif. — A Northern California wildfire threatened thousands of homes Thursday after winds whipped it into a monster that incinerated houses in a small mountain community and killed at least three people. Several other people have been critically burned …

As Coronavirus Empties Streets, Speeders Hit the Gas

NEW YORK — Empty roads in the United States and Europe are tempting drivers to go out and shift into high gear. From Los Angeles to New York, London and Berlin, coronavirus lockdowns have drained traffic from normally crowded roads. …

Los Angeles Highway Crash Leaves 25 Hospitalized, 5 Serious

Twenty-five people were taken to hospitals with mostly minor injuries following a series of crashes involving at least two cars and a bus that crashed through a concrete divider on a Los Angeles highway, authorities said. Five patients were in …

California Highway Patrol Excessive Force Suit Settled for $2.5M

The state has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle an excessive-force lawsuit filed by a man who was shot by California Highway Patrol officers at the end of a pursuit. The San Jose Mercury News reports the state offered …

Woman Punched by California Officer to Get $1.5M

A woman punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the side of a freeway in an incident caught on video will receive $1.5 million under a settlement, and the officer has agreed to resign. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow …

California Highway Patrol Husband and Wife Employees Accused of Fraud

A California Highway Patrol officer and his wife, a CHP dispatcher, have been arrested on suspicion of worker’s compensation insurance fraud. The Sacramento Bee reports Officer Daniel Cory Clapp, who’s stationed in Lassen County, is accused of filing a false …

Deadly California Limo Fire Due to Mechanical Problems

A mechanical problem ignited a limousine fire that killed five nurses trapped in the back, the California Highway Patrol said Monday as it released results of its investigation and 911 calls filled with screams from those inside. The blaze broke …

CHP: Bus at ‘Unsafe’ Speed Before Yosemite Wreck

A tour bus carrying visitors from Yosemite National Park was traveling at an unsafe speed when the driver lost control and crashed on a mountain road, leaving 16 people injured, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday. The bus was about …

CHP Posts Rules for Motorcycle Lane-Splitting

The California Highway Patrol and other statewide traffic safety groups have created a set of written guidelines on motorcycle “lane-splitting,” the at-times hair-splitting maneuver that allows riders to legally pass vehicles in adjacent lanes by driving between them. While California …

Los Angeles Freeway Construction Worker Crushed by Beam

The California Highway Patrol says a Los Angeles freeway construction worker has been crushed to death by a 3,000-pound steel beam that was being unloaded from a truck. Sgt. Joe Zizi says the accident happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday on …