A California Highway Patrol officer was taken to the hospital with major injuries early Saturday morning, Oct. 20,  after being hit by an SUV while directing traffic in Sutter County, according to CHP officials.

CHP said one of their officers responded to a broken railroad crossing sign at State Route 99 at Lomo Crossing and was directing traffic around 1:11 a.m. when a fast-traveling, gray SUV struck the officer at a high rate of speed.

The 13-year veteran officer was flown to University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

The driver, who police identified as Lucas Julian Nelson, was also injured in the crash and first taken to the hospital.

Officials said he was detained on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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