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UPDATE: Two sheriff's deputies injured in Castaic traffic collision

Posted: May 21, 2014 10:58 a.m.
Updated: May 21, 2014 5:40 p.m.

Two local sheriff’s deputies were injured, and one was taken to the hospital, Wednesday morning when their cruiser and a glass company truck collided in Castaic.

The deputy taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital was released later the same day, said Lt. Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“She was released and she’s doing OK,” he said.

Shortly before 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, a deputy informed the sheriff’s dispatcher that his partner was trapped inside their sheriff’s car on Castaic Road, a block north of Parker Road, according to sheriff’s deputies.

Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the crash in front of the Country Girl Saloon and worked to free the trapped deputy from the passenger side of the cruiser, which had sustained damage to the passenger door and rear passenger door.

“The female deputy was taken to the hospital with minor injuries,” said Sgt. Cortland Myers IV, adding she was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

“The (cruiser) was coming down Castaic Road when it made a left turn,” he said.

The deputy driving the cruiser suffered a minor injury to his arm, according to one man who witnessed the crash and took photos with his cell phone.

“The driver came out to see what happened and he was bleeding on his elbow,” said a man who gave his name only as Jaime.

“The girl (deputy) was sitting shotgun and couldn’t get out,” he said.

The driver of the other vehicle, a beige-colored glass company pickup truck displaying as sign that read “Howard’s Glass,” was not apparently injured as he talked to sheriff’s investigators about the crash.

According to witnesses, including two workers in a food truck parked about 20 feet from the crash, the trapped deputy appeared to have remained conscious after the crash.

Deputies stopped northbound traffic for about an hour on Castaic Road as investigators roped off an area around a crash scene littered with broken glass.
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bobforte: Posted: May 21, 2014 12:47 p.m.

It would appear the truck hit the police car in this scenario based on the damage to the police car. But the article does not mention who is at fault.

Unreal: Posted: May 21, 2014 1:18 p.m.

If you turn in front of someone it sounds like the deputies fault unless someone ran a light or was speeding.

LosRubios: Posted: May 21, 2014 2:40 p.m.

@Bob, the narrative on the video states that the cruiser made (or tried to make) a U turn in front of the oncoming glass truck

DMeyer: Posted: May 21, 2014 2:52 p.m.

It said there was a food truck near also, a big roach coach parked on the street could've blocked the view of the glass truck driver or the deputy.

missyJk: Posted: May 21, 2014 6:09 p.m.

Hopefully the deputy will make a full recovery but it is illegal to make a left hand turn in front of traffic unless its safe to do so...Sounds like the Deputies fault at this time unless something else comes out

bobforte: Posted: May 22, 2014 6:45 a.m.

OH, didn't see that video.

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