Traffic was backed up for several blocks each way on Highway 74 this afternoon following a two-vehicle collision between a Menifee Police Department patrol car and a Southern California Gas Co. service truck.
Both the police officer and the driver of the other vehicle were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, Coon said. There were no other occupants in either vehicle.
The crash occurred at 3:48 p.m., with the Gas Co. truck ending up in a ditch outside the northwest corner of the intersection and the police car in the intersection. That car was towed away shortly after 5:30 p.m., but traffic was still jammed in both directions on Highway 74.