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CHP officer’s U-turn causes Highway 1 collision

A Templeton CHP officer and a Goleta man were injured Thursday night in a Highway 1 accident after the officer made a U-turn in front of another vehicle.

Officer William Archibald, 46, and Marcos Ortega, 36, were both driving north about 1.1 miles south of Hearst Castle Road about 6 p.m. Ortega, who was driving a 2010 Toyota Tundra, was about 10 car lengths behind Archibald, who was driving a Ford police utility vehicle.

Archibald noticed a vehicle traveling south that appeared to be speeding and moved toward the right shoulder of the road to make a U-turn and execute a traffic stop.

Archibald said he looked over his left shoulder before turning, but he did not notice Ortega’s vehicle and turned right in front of him. This caused the front of Ortega’s vehicle to collide with the left side of Archibald’s.

Archibald sustained a broken clavicle and other minor injuries and was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton for treatment. Ortega complained of pain in his left shoulder but did not go to the hospital.

The incident is under investigation.

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