CHP officer injured in crash on 99 after he was getting out of his patrol car

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UPDATE: According to the California Highway Patrol, the CHP officer who was injured in Tuesday night's crash, was reporting to the scene of a big rig fire and was getting out of his patrol vehicle when his car was rear ended. 

The officer sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital in Visalia for treatment. 

The driver of the car that hit the officer suffered minor injuries. 

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Southbound Highway 99 was shut down for several hours near Earlimart, just north of Kern County, Tuesday night according to Caltrans.

According to our sister station ABC30 in Fresno, a crash that left a California Highway Patrol officer injured led to the shut down. 

The CHP officer was responding to a semi-truck fire. While at the scene of the fire, the officer was hit by a vehicle and suffered major, non-life threatening injuries. 

The officer was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. 

There were several other small vehicle collisions in the area, but it doesn't appear anyone else was injured. 

Caltrans said traffic was being diverted at Avenue 56, south to Avenue 48 to reconnect with Highway 99.

Lanes reopened around 10 p.m. 

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