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Collision on SR76 injures four; 11-year-old Temecula boy airlifted with life-threatening injuries to Rady Children's Hospital

An 11-year-old Temecula boy sustained life-threatening injuries this morning when the 2009 Toyota Camry his father was driving collided head-on with a Chevrolet Trailblazer on State Route 76, just west of Old Highway 395. Emergency workers at the scene immediately called for a medical helicopter to transport the child to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, said North County Fire public information officer John Buchanan.

The collision occurred just after 9 a.m. this morning when the boy's 33-year-old father apparently allowed his Camry to drift from the westbound lane over into the eastbound lane of the highway. The boy was the only passenger in the vehicle, but was riding in the back seat behind the driver's side. Both father and son were wearing seat belts.

The father sustained a non-life threatening injury, but was flown to Sharp Hospital in San Diego for treatment.

The Camry struck the 2002 Trailblazer in which a mature couple from Vista were traveling.

"The couple had non-life threatening injuries and they were transported by ground to Palomar Hospital," said Buchanan. The couple were wearing their seat belts as well.

"It took us several minutes to extricate the couple from Vista from their vehicle," added Buchanan.

While the youth sustained what appeared to be the gravest injuries, Buchanan said the situation could have been worse.

"Fortunately in this case, the air bags in both vehicles deployed, and that, in conjunction with seat belts being used, it prevented even more serious injury or death at the scene," said Buchanan.

SR76 was closed for close to an hour due to the collision.

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All traffic lanes are open and the SIG ALERT has been lifted. More details to come.

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TRAFFIC ALERT:

Traffic is stopped in all lanes on State Route 76 from Bonsall to I-15. It is severely gridlocked due to a head-on collision between a Trailblazer and a Camry at about 8:45 am. The accident occurred near 76 and Old Hwy 395 which has left the front ends of both vehicles smoking. Medical helicopter is on the scene.

There is at least one juvenile passenger with serious injuries. Life Flight has already landed and transported the juvenile, according the the California Highway Patrol.

A SIG ALERT has been issued for an unknown duration.

 

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