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UPDATE: Four people injured in early morning crash

Posted: October 31, 2012 12:50 p.m.
Updated: October 31, 2012 12:50 p.m.

Four people including two highway workers and two occupants of a van were taken to hospital with minor injuries early Wednesday morning following a traffic collision on Highway 14 near Sand Canyon Road, a California Highway Patrol Officer said.

“It was an injury collision,” said Officer Bruce Turnn of the California Highway Patrol.

Shortly after 3 a.m., a van northbound on Highway 14 struck a parked construction truck and trailer which in turn struck two workers, he said.

The workers, Marko Bojorquez, 35, of Norwalk, and Jorge Gutierrez, 36, of Los Angeles, were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Turnn said in a media release.

They were picking up construction signs in front of parked truck when the collision occurred, he said.

Two occupants of the vehicle that allegedly hit them, both of Palmdale, were also taken to the same hospital.

Santiago Perez, 19, identified as the driver of a 1997 GMC Safari van, and his passenger Monique Gutierrez, 17, suffered minor injuries, according to CHP.

According to a media release issued by CHP investigators, Perez was driving his vehicle northbound on Highway 14, south of Sand Canyon Road, within the number 3 lane at about 60 miles per hour.

Perez allowed his vehicle to exit the number 3 lane, just south of Sand Canyon Road, and enter the number 2 lane where it collided with a parked construction truck and trailer belonging to Peterson/Chase Incorporated, according to CHP.

The force of the collision pushed the construction truck and trailer forward, striking both employee’s, Bojorquez and Gutierrez, who were standing outside and to the front of their vehicle, retrieving construction signs, they said in the release.

Alcohol was determined not be a factor in this collision, according to the CHP.

The injured workers were contracted by California’s Department of Transportation to perform “deck work,” mending cracks on the Highway 14 overpass at Sand Canyon were hurt, said Caltrans spokeswoman Kelly Markham.

They were employees of Irvine-based contractors, Peterson/Chase Inc., she said.

“We don’t know all the details,” said a Peterson/Chase spokeswoman who identified herself as Katarina.

“They were sent to hospital,” she said.

The CHP investigation is still ongoing.



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