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Crash victims were from Bakersfield area

Posted: June 27, 2013 7:16 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2013 7:16 p.m.

The eight people injured Wednesday in a crash on Interstate 5 were all from the Wasco area near Bakersfield, officials said Thursday.

Three of them, including two boys, were released from a Los Angeles-hospital Thursday, but a hospital spokeswoman would not say if they were taken to another medical facility.

Three victims in the crash were children.

None of the victims of Wednesday’s crash died, according to Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department.

Of the eight people injured when an SUV rolled onto its side on the I-5 south of Parker Road on Wednesday, three adult women, a 17-year-old girl, two boys and one girl were taken to two hospitals, officials said.

Fernando and Anthony Arellano, 9 and 3 years old respectively, were taken to UCLA Medical Center where they were treated for major injuries, a hospital spokeswoman said. Valerie Briceno, 24, was also treated for major injuries at the same hospital.

The hospital spokeswoman would only confirm Thursday that three patients, including the boys, were no longer at the hospital.

The remaining victims were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

They included Elvia Arellano Rodarte, 39, Vivan Arellano, 22 and 5-year-old Irene Escobedo, all reported to have suffered minor injuries, CHP Officer M. Morales wrote in his report on the crash.

Briana Arellano, 17, of Wasco, suffered major injuries and was also taken to Henry Mayo.

CHP investigators said the crash may have involved a crime because another vehicle made an abrupt lane change, causing the driver of the GMC Yukon take evasive action that resulted in the crash.

Initial reports on the crash indicated two children were ejected from the Yukon onto freeway lanes.
The I-5 was shut down following the crash around noon so three patients could be airlifted to the hospital.
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