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3 hurt as car veers off bridge

Crash victims airlifted to UCLA Medical Center

Posted: May 26, 2008 1:37 a.m.
Updated: July 27, 2008 5:02 a.m.

CHP officers inspect the Honda Odyssey that landed in the Castaic Creek riverbed after running through a barrier on the bridge and crashing over the rocks shown at right. The driver of the vehicle and one of the children who were passengers had serious injuries.

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A woman driving a minivan with two children ended up in Castaic Creek while driving on State Route 126 into Santa Clarita on Sunday afternoon. All three were airlifted to UCLA Medical Center by the county Fire Dept.

The mother and one of the children were seriously injured, while the second child suffered minor injuries, according to Capt. Ron Serabia of Fire Station 76 in Valencia.

Shortly after 4 p.m., several motorists travelling eastbound on Route 126 pulled to the side of the road and reported that a silver, late model Honda Odyssey with three passengers had ended up in the creek bed near Castaic.

California Highway Patrol, paramedics and several fire departments reported to the scene and requested two county helicopters to airlift the victims to a hospital for urgent care.

While the driver of the vehicle was incapable of telling authorities how her vehicle ended up in Castaic Creek, it was apparent the vehicle had veered off the side of the road. The railing along the right shoulder at the beginning of the Castaic Creek overpass on eastbound Route 126 was mangled, with the minivans grill and bumper resting a few feet away.

Other debris from the vehicle was visible along the downward, rocky slope that ended at Castaic Creek, with the vehicle resting about halfway into the wash. In all, the vehicle travelled approximately 200 feet after it veered off the road and plummeted over the embankment.

Serabia said that the driver of the vehicle suffered from head trauma and back pain.

Castaic Creek passes under Route 126 approximately one mile west of Commerce Center Drive.

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