A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer and two other people were seriously injured Thursday in a multi-vehicle crash that prompted closure of the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway near downtown Los Angeles.

Paramedics were sent to the freeway near Normandie Avenue at 10:43 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“A freeway traffic collision seriously injured three patients, including one CHP officer,” the LAFD said in a statement. “Firefighter-paramedics are on scene treating patients and will be taking them to area hospitals.”

A motorist was detained by officers, reportedly while trying to flee the scene.

The westbound freeway was closed near Normandie Avenue while an investigation was conducted.

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