The morning of November 25 at approximately 2:00 am, five people sustained major injuries, including two children in a rollover accident. The collision occurred in the area of Mountain Ave and Soboba St.
The accident was reported to City of Hemet emergency dispatchers at 1:55 a.m. Hemet police officers and American Medical Response medics arrived at the scene of the accident at 1:59 a.m., four minutes after the call was dispatched. Hemet firefighter/paramedics and other emergency personnel began arriving minutes later.
The first officers on scene located a green SUV that had rolled over numerous times. The vehicle was first reported to possibly be a blue ford expedition. First arriving emergency responders reported finding a total of five patients, including two children who were ejected in the collision.
One victim was described as about three years old and a female driver of one of the vehicles was left trapped inside the mangled wreckage of her car. The driver who was trapped required extrication from her vehicle.
All five victims reportedly sustained major traumatic injuries in the collision.
All traffic was diverted away from the accident scene to ensure the safety of medical personnel who had responded to the collision. A total of four engine companies and one truck company were initially called to the scene. They were assisted by a battalion commander, several AMR ambulances, and an air ambulance.
Two Mercy Air Ambulances were initially requested to the accident scene, however one was cancelled shortly afterwards.
The one air ambulance that did respond to the scene landed on Mountain Avenue west of the accident between N. Soboba and N. Hemet Streets. When Mercy air left the scene with one of the patients it transported the victim to Riverside University Health System. Other victims were transported by ground ambulance to RUHS and other local area hospitals.
Hemet police officers are conducting an investigation into the accident and were expected to remain at the scene for several hours.
Alcohol and/or drug intoxication have not been ruled as contributing factors in the collision, pending toxicology reports. Footage of the scene and an initial report of mine can be viewed in the following video:
Initially, it was believed two vehicles were involved in the collision and a blue SUV was involved, but this was soon clarified via press release by Hemet PD.
Anyone who witnessed the collision should to contact Hemet police officials at (951) 765-2400.
This is a developing story. Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.
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UPDATED: HEMET: 5 INJURED, 2 JUVENILES POSSIBLY EJECTED, IN SOLO-VEHICLE ROLLOVER ACCIDENT