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Wrong way driver crashes into CHP patrol car early Friday morning

The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed in Tehama County Friday morning due to a wrong-way driver crashed into a CHP patrol car, according to authorities.

Posted: Jan 10, 2020 12:21 PM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed in Tehama County Friday morning due to a wrong-way driver who crashed into a CHP patrol car, according to authorities. 

The driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Impala, identified as 75-year-old Margaret Bodenschatz, of Anderson is believed to have suffered a medical condition while driving, the CHP said.

Around 4 a.m. Bodenschatz was driving north in the southbound lanes of I-5 near Sunset Hills Drive, according to the CHP.

CHP officers responded and attempted to stop Bodenschatz. A second officer positioned his vehicle in the far left lane of southbound I-5 in order to create a traffic break and prevent any other drivers from crashing with Bodenschatz, the CHP said.

Bodenschatz drove past one officer and crashed into the second CHP vehicle. Following the crash, southbound lanes were blocked. Responding officers arrived at the scene and closed two lanes, which opened southbound traffic to pass on the far right lane.

Bodenschatz was taken to Mercy Medical Center for minor injuries. The officer was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Red Bluff, as a precautionary measure the CHP said.

At 5:30 a.m. all southbound lanes on I-5 reopened. 

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