A California Highway Patrol officer was injured in a crash with another vehicle along the shoulder of northbound Interstate 15 near Mira Mesa Boulevard Tuesday.
The officer was sitting in his patrol car completing paperwork for a recent ticket just after 6 a.m. when a gold sedan crashed into his car.
San Diego Fire Rescue crews responded to the crash scene and found the patrol car with major rear-end damage. Near the patrol car was another car with a crumpled hood and fender.
The driver of the gold sedan told NBC 7 San Diego that he may have had tire trouble just before he lost control of the vehicle.
CHP investigators say the driver was traveling between 60 and 70 miles per hour. He was not charged in the collision.
The officer was transported to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries to his neck and his back.
CHP closed two lanes heading northbound while the scene was cleared.