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UPDATE: 8 injured, including 2 children, in I-5 crash

Collision being investigated as a crime

Posted: June 26, 2013 2:02 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2013 6:22 p.m.

A GMC Yukon SUV is shown on its side as California Highway Patrol officials collect evidence following a two-car crash on Interstate 5 near Parker Road in Castaic. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

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Eight people were injured, four critically, during a traffic collision Wednesday on the southbound Interstate 5 in Castaic that investigators believe may have involved a crime.

The victims included two children who were ejected onto the freeway lanes from a gold-colored GMC Yukon SUV after it hit the center guardrail, CHP Officer Jason Peavy said.

The crash occurred shortly before noon just south of Parker Road when the GMC rolled over in the fast lane of the southbound freeway.

The Yukon had been traveling in the left lane about 70 to 75 miles per hour while a white SUV traveled the same speed beside it in the adjacent lane, Peavy said.

“An unknown vehicle traveling the same speed right next to the GMC made a sudden lane change, causing this woman (the GMC driver) to take evasive action,” he said.

The driver of the GMC lost control and hit the guardrail, overturning the vehicle several times, Peavy said. “Two kids were ejected,” he said.

No other vehicles made contact with the GMC. However, a white Honda Accord and a white Ford Expedition careened into the center divider in the crash.

Another vehicle was being sought in connection with the collision, which CHP Sgt. John Lutz said was being investigated as a crime.

“We have little information on the other vehicle,” Peavy said, describing it only as a white SUV.

CHP officers shut down traffic in all lanes about 12:15 p.m. so a rescue helicopter could land on the southbound freeway to airlift patients to the hospital, said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.

A boy about 10 years old, a woman and a baby were taken from the crash site to the waiting helicopter and airlifted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The boy was able to stand but was fitted with a neck brace by paramedics.

A second woman who appeared unresponsive to the efforts of paramedics was placed in an ambulance. At 12:30 p.m., that ambulance under sheriff’s escort transported her toward a hospital on the southbound lane of The Old Road.

There was no immediate report on the extent of injuries suffered by the remaining four people involved in the crash, Lutz said.
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