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5 injured in crash on Interstate 5

Posted: August 14, 2012 6:25 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2012 6:25 p.m.

Five people were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital after their Ford Explorer skidded into the guardrail and overturned on Interstate 5 on Tuesday.


Five people were taken to hospitals, two with critical injuries, when their SUV hit a guardrail near Gorman Tuesday and flipped on Interstate 5, a California Highway patrol spokesman said.

About 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a white Ford Explorer with several people on board was southbound on the freeway when it left the roadway near Templin Highway and hit the guardrail, ejecting at least two people, CHP Officer J.C. Lesnet said.

Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department treated victims at the crash site at 4:42 p.m.

One person suffered an apparent head injury, a witness said. Two victims were fitted with neck braces, and at least two others were placed on spinal boards, the witness said.

Two other occupants of the vehicle suffered no apparent injuries.

A witness to the emergency crews arriving at the crash site said the five victims included two women and three men who all appeared to be in their late 20s.

“Three had minor injuries; two required immediate needs,” said Fire Department Supervisor Melanie Flores.
The injured were rushed to a hospital in two ambulances, she said.

The Explorer was the only vehicle reported to be involved in the crash, according to the CHP.

About 20 feet of guardrail was damaged in the collision.




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