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A Cal-Trans Worker was saved by a fast acting CHP Officer Tuesday. Shortly before noon on Tuesday, a Caltrans worker was stopped on the right shoulder of westbound I-80, west of Ophir Road, to retrieve some debris in the #3 traffic lane (slow lane). An Auburn Area California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer was approaching this location and observed the Caltrans vehicle and worker preparing to remove the debris. At this time, the officer activated his vehicles rear emergency lights and positioned his patrol vehicle in the #3 traffic lane to protect the Caltrans worker.
CHP Officer David Martinez says at the same time another vehicle approached the worker and the CHP patrol car at a high rate of speed.
Ina Robinson, age 86 from Auburn, was identified as the driver. Officer Martinez says thankfully everyone was wearing their seatbelts and the CHP Officer who took the brunt of the collision is OK.
The Caltrans worker, observing this collision, quickly dove toward the front of his vehicle to avoid being struck. No injuries were sustained to the Caltrans worker or the driver of the Subaru. The officer was later transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.