SR-99 closed for hours near Earlimart after CHP officer hit by a vehicle

Southbound Highway 99 was shut down in the town of Earlimart on Tuesday after a California Highway Patrol officer was hit by a vehicle.

The CHP says the officer was responding to a semi-truck fire. While at the scene of the fire, the officer was hit by a vehicle.

Initially, the officer's injuries were described as "minor to moderate," but as of 9:20 pm Tuesday, the CHP is now saying the officer suffered major, but not life-threatening injuries.
The officer was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

There were several other small vehicle collisions in the area, but no one else was injured.
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