BREAKING: At the very least 15 constable employees are harmed — with 11 terminally ill — after team is struck by a vehicle throughout their early morning run in California
- At the very least 15 constable employees were harmed after their staff was struck by a vehicle in Whittier, California Wednesday early morning
- The constable and also authorities employees were out for an early morning run when they were struck
- At the very least 11 are currently terminally ill
- The male chauffeur was claimed to be nabbed at the scene
At least 15 sheriff and police recruits were injured, with 11 reported in critical condition, after their crew was struck by a car in California Wednesday morning.
Preliminary reports say the group of sheriff recruits were out for a morning run in the area of Mills Avenue and Trumball Street in Whittier, California at around 6.25am, when a driver hit the training platoon.
Aerial footage from KTLA showed a gray SUV appeared to have crashed into a pole and suffered major front-end damage. The male driver was taken into custody at the scene.
Some victims appeared to have been taken to a local hospital, while others received care at the scene. Roads in the area were blocked off for emergency crews to transport the victims.
Aerial footage shows a gray SUV on the scene, which apparently crashed into a pole
Police and fire crews are pictured at the scene of Mills Avenue and Trumball Street in Whittier, California where a group of sheriff and police recruits were struck by a car
Roads in the area were blocked off on Wednesday morning to allow ambulances to get through
‘The hardest part is finding each victim,’ retired Fire Captain Rich Godinez of the LA City Fire Department told CBS Los Angeles. ‘There are red, yellow, and green tarps used by first responders to categorize the victims.’
He said the red tarps are for those that need to get to the hospital first.
‘First responders will start to reach out to hospitals to start diverting each victim to different hospitals,’ Godinez said.
Patients were said to be taken to several different hospitals, including St. Francis Medical Center and LAC+USC Medical Center.
FOX 11 reports that the recruits were attending the Sheriff’s Training Academy and Regional Services Center about a mile and a half from the crash site.
The circumstances of the crash are still under investigation.