Sheriff's Motorcycle Deputy Injured in Crash in Santa Clarita Area

SANTA CLARITA (CNS) - A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department motorcycle deputy was seriously injured today in a crash with a big rig in the Santa Clarita area.

The collision was reported about 7:20 a.m. at Creekside Avenue and McBean Parkway, according to the sheriff's department.

“Apparently, there's a semi truck, 18-wheeler, did a left-hand turn right in front and failed to yield for the oncoming traffic, the motorcycle, and it was a head-on collision,'' Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

The deputy, assigned to the sheriff's Santa Clarita Valley Station, was taken to a hospital in what Villanueva described as critical but stable condition. He was on duty at the time of the crash, the sheriff's department reported.

Villanueva identified the deputy as Chad Perrigo.

“It's going to be a long road to recovery,'' the sheriff said. “Our thoughts and prayers to him and his family. ... It's again illustrative of the dangers of this job.''

Aerial video footage showed the deputy's mangled motorcycle partially wedged under the front of the big rig.

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