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2 Calif. COs recovering from injuries in crash with semi truck

Officer Samuel Oba remains hospitalized after breaking his femur in two places, suffering lacerations to his liver and bruising his kidneys


A GoFundMe for Officer Samuel Oba has raised over $4,000 in three days.


By Corrections1 Staff

TULARE, Calif. — Two California correctional officers that were injured after their transport van collided with a semi truck Tuesday morning are recovering. reported that Officers Christopher Connolly and Samuel Oba, both with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, were returning to California State Prison-Corcoran from an off-site assignment at a local hospital when the crash occurred on Highway 43.

According to police, the officers’ van hit the front left side of the southbound semi truck. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but California Highway Patrol Sgt. Ryan Pedersen said they do not believe the driver of the van was under the influence of drugs or alochol.

A GoFundMe was created for Officer Oba, who broke his femur in two places. He also suffered lacerations to his liver and bruised his kidneys.

“He has internal bleeding that is being monitored so he will continue to be hospitalized,” a GoFundMe update read. “It will be a long road to recovery for him.”

The GoFundMe has raised over $4,000 in three days.

Officer Connolly, according to, was treated and later released from the hospital.