. -- A driver rammed into five people on State Road 50, including on-duty Orange County firefighter Chad Lowrey.
Traffic backed up for as far as the eye could see in Oakland Sunday morning for about five hours.
"Sometimes the drivers don't pay attention," Oakland Police Lt. Wes Osselyn said.
Police and state troopers said it all started with a minor accident first involving a van and a Harley motorcycle rider, who was riding with friends around 8am.
“The road shifted to the right and motorcycle made contact with the van causing minor damage to the bike," Osselyn said.
After the fender bender, emergency workers rushed to the scene and moved everyone to the side of the road and shut down one of the lanes on State Road 50 to work the accident.
Investigators say the driver of a white car wanted to get around the road block, so she drove into oncoming traffic, lost control of her car and slammed into the owners of the motorcycles and Lowery. The driver and victims were taken to local hospitals.
A cop was almost run over too, but jumped onto his cruiser. His gun belt left a dent in the trunk.
Working out of Station 37 in Oakland, Assistant Chief Vince Preston said Lowrey has had a stellar career since 2002.
“As a testament to a true public servant, the first thing we were worried about was his crew and also the other civilians who were injured," Preston said.
Though in a somber mood, the department hopes for the 37-year-old firefighter’s full recovery.
“We don't know what the prognosis will be as the extent of his injuries but we are very hopeful," Preston said.