UPDATE (6 p.m.) — A Shafter police officer is said to be in “good spirits” after he was injured in a collision Sunday morning along East Lerdo Highway, the department said.

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Foggy conditions and low visibilities are believed to be factors in the collision that injured the officer as he was preparing to set flairs in response to an earlier collision reported at around 7:30 a.m. at Cherry Avenue and East Lerdo Highway.

The officer was outside his patrol vehicle east of the intersection when a driver traveling westbound on East Lerdo Highway rear-ended the patrol vehicle, Shafter police Lt. Randy Milligan said.

The officer suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Milligan said the officer was alert and never lost consciousness. The injured officer’s condition was not made available.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision involving the officer.

Milligan also reminded drivers to make sure to turn on headlights in foggy conditions. He also stressed that drivers manually turn on their headlights if their cars have automatic headlight systems. The automatic sensors may not always turn on in foggy conditions, he said.

This story was originally published on Jan. 16, 2022 and has since been updated.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The City of Shafter says one of its police officers was injured Sunday morning in a crash on Lerdo Highway.

Few details of the crash were made available in a post on the city’s Facebook page, but asked residents to keep the officer, his family and the department in their thoughts and prayers.

The post also reminded motorists of driving cautiously in foggy conditions.

We will update this story as we learn more information.