LANCASTER – A Lancaster Sheriff’s Station deputy sustained minor injuries, including a sprained wrist, when his patrol vehicle collided with a minivan in Lancaster Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The deputy-involved traffic collision occurred around 1 p.m. on Sierra Highway, just north of Avenue L-12, according to Sgt. Dave Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Traffic Detail.
Both vehicles were headed northbound on Sierra Highway when the minivan, a Honda Odyssey, made a sudden stop, Jennings said.
“The party that the deputy hit had to slam on her brakes because somebody made an illegal turn in front of her,” Jennings said. “The deputy was looking towards a business. When he looked back… he couldn’t brake in time.”
“The car that made the illegal turn disappeared,” Jennings added.
The deputy was treated for a sprained wrist, from airbag deployment, and then released, according to Jennings. The minivan’s driver was uninjured in the collision, Jennings said.
The northbound lanes on Sierra Highway, from Avenue M to L-8, were shut down for nearly three hours to allow for the investigation.