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UPDATE: Five hurt in Agua Dulce crash

Posted: May 27, 2013 6:12 p.m.
Updated: May 27, 2013 6:12 p.m.

Five people were injured near Agua Dulce Monday afternoon - two seriously, three moderately - when a truck towing a trailer flipped over onto its side on Highway 14 at Escondido Canyon Road, emergency response officials said.

Shortly after 2:45 p.m., the truck - initially reported to be a big rig - southbound on the highway overturned just south of Escondido Canyon Road prompting responding paramedics to call for another ambulance and a rescue helicopter, said Inspector Bernard Peters Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“We got the call from the CHP (California Highway Patrol) for an overturned truck,” he said.

An additional ambulance was dispatched to the crash at 2:51 p.m., Peters said.

All five people were occupants of the truck, said CHP Sgt. Kevin Pack.  None were in the trailer.

The two passengers seriously hurt in the crash were taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, he said.  The two passengers suffering moderate injures were taken by ambulance to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

The driver suffered minor injuries, Pack said.

“The truck towing a travel trailer was southbound when, for unknown reasons, the driver loses control, goes onto the right shoulder and (into) the guardrail,” Pack said.

CHP officers reported large pieces of metal strewn across the southbound lanes.

At 3:10 p.m., CHP officers shut down southbound lanes of the highway to accommodate a “life flight” helicopter landing for at least one of the injured people.

“We only shut it down momentarily for the helicopter,” Pack said.


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