Five Los Angeles County Sheriff’s cadets were seriously injured Wednesday morning when they drove off a large group during a run in Whittier, officials said.
The crash happened near the Sheriff’s Training Academy near Mills Avenue and Trumball Street, Deputy David Yu said. Recruits were members Stars Explorer Academy.
Dispatchers received a call about a crash involving a pedestrian at 6:26 a.m., Deputy Brenda Serna said. The cause of the accident is under investigation, he said.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed 10 cadets were assaulted.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Sheila Kelliher said 22 recruits were running when the crash happened. Five people were in critical condition.
The recruits were running down Mills Road when they were attacked, Kelliher said.
Villanueva said the cadets usually run in team formation through the streets, with road patrols and vehicle chases. It is not clear if they were wearing high visibility gear at the time of the accident.
“I feel sick when I hear it [about] It is,” Supervisor Janice Hahn said KABC-TV. “I hope and pray they all come through.”
From the video KDLA-TV A sidewalk showed a dark-colored vehicle, which appeared to be a small SUV, with its front end severely damaged. A leaning power pole was lying on the ground in front of the vehicle.
More than a dozen ambulances responded to the scene, where firefighters placed green, yellow and red triage mats, indicating the severity of injuries, the video shows.
Authorities said the 22-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested. The vehicle was going the wrong way, Kelliher said. She had no information on the driver’s condition before the crash, but noted that his car had hit one of the large light poles, “so there was some speed there.”
“This car doesn’t seem to slow down,” Hahn said.
The driver was taken to the hospital for his injuries, Kelliher said.
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