CHP officer killed in crash that shut down freeway in Lake Elsinore

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LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. -- A California Highway Patrol Officer was killed and at least two other people were injured in a crash on Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore Saturday, KTLA reports.

The crash shut down all southbound lanes of I-15 from Indian Truck Trail to Nichols Road. It happened near Nichols Road around 4:30 p.m. when a vehicle and the officer's motorcycle crashed, CHP incident logs showed.

Three people were injured and rushed to a hospital in unknown condition, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokesperson Tawny Cabral said. It is unclear whether the officer was one of the three people initially reported injured.

The agency announced on Facebook that the officer killed was Sgt. Steve Licon, a "friend father, husband and hero."

"Rest easy brother, we have the watch from here," the post said in part.


All southbound lanes were closed in the area late Saturday evening, with traffic being diverted off Indian Truck Trail.

All lanes were reopened early Sunday.

A procession for Licon ended at the Riverside Coroner's Office shortly before 10 p.m.

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