5 children hurt in crash

first_img Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Firefighters and CHP officers carried the youngsters one by one – on backboards or in their arms – to the helicopter that waited in freeway lanes. “This is the worst to get a call like this, especially for those of us who have kids,” Esposito said. “The parents should be responsible to see that their kids are riding safely. The kids aren’t old enough to be responsible.” One of the children suffered major injuries, and the others’ injuries were termed moderate, Esposito said. Detrick Hollinquest, 35, the driver of the Explorer, and his adult passenger Lisa Nebert, 34, suffered minor injuries and were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Hollinquest had worn a seat belt; Nebert had not, Esposito said. The Nissan Driver, Erika Mercado, 36 of Castaic, was not injured. The southbound lanes were closed at Rye Canyon near Six Flags California for nearly an hour to allow a helicopter to land to transport the children. The closure resulted in heavy traffic along The Old Road, which parallels the freeway. VALENCIA – Five children riding unrestrained in an SUV were seriously injured Monday when they were thrown from the vehicle as it overturned on Interstate 5, causing backups on both sides of the freeway for several miles, authorities said. The children, 8, 5, 4, 3 and a 9-month-old, were airlifted to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Their parents, also hospitalized, walked about the freeway as emergency crews hurriedly helped the youngsters. “It’s heartbreaking,” said Officer Michelle Esposito of the California Highway Patrol. “There’s no excuse not to have children in seat belts, babies in car seats.” Two of the children were sleeping in the rear of the Ford Explorer, two were in the back seat and the infant in its mother’s arms as the carload from Bakersfield headed south on the I-5, Esposito said. Shortly after 1 p.m., the Explorer went to change lanes, clipped a Nissan Altima, then overturned in the center divider near Rye Canyon Road. last_img

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