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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Altadena Sheriff’s Deputies, Responding to Call for Help from Fellow Deputies, Hit and Overturn Civilian Car

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Two Altadena Sheriffs deputies driving in an unmarked car with red lights and siren engaged responding to a call for help from other deputies collided with a civilian car, overturning it and trapping two people, authorities said.

The incident started at 9:39 p.m. Saturday after deputies faced off against a large uncooperative crowd, reported Los Angeles Sheriffs Deputy Dan Paige.

The deputies issued a call for backup and mutual aid. Pasadena police units responded, as did other Altadena Sheriffs units.

One of the responding Sheriffs units collided with a white Ford Escape at the intersection of Woodbury Road and Fair Oaks Avenue. The Ford was carrying two male adult and one female adult passengers, Paige said.

The force of the collision caused the Ford to overturn onto its side.

Paige said that one of the rear passengers was able to crawl out the rear hatchback, but the front driver and passenger were held in place with their seatbelts.

A neighbor who lives nearby said on Altadena Now’s social media that “Everyone was transported in an ambulance, not sure how bad — but the accident itself was really bad.”

Paige confirms this.

“Two deputies were transported to Huntington Memorial hospital for precautionary measures,” Paige said. “Two passengers were also transported to Huntington, I also believe for precautions. I saw one civilian on a backboard, and as I was talking to them while they were still stuck in the car, both told me they were not hurt.”

One of the deputies had a complaint of pain. He was treated and released, said Captain Christopher Reed of the Altadena Station. The passengers of the civilian vehicle had minor injuries.

Both Deputies were released the same evening. CHP is investigating the accident.

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