21LA County Sheriff’s recruits injured in Whittier crash, 7 in critical condition, driver detained


Several recruits with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were injured when a vehicle hit a group of runners near a sheriff’s training academy in the Whittier area. The driver was detained.

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, a total of 21 recruits were injured in the crash. Seven of the patients are in critical condition, four are in immediate condition, and 10 have minor injuries.

The crash was reported at about 6:30 a.m. near Mills Avenue and Trumball Street.

Paramedics sent up a triage area at the scene, and transported the injured for hospital treatment, many of them reportedly in critical condition.

“The hardest part is finding each victim,” said Ret. Fire Captain Rick Godinez of the Los Angeles City Fire Department to CBSLA Wednesday morning. “There are red, yellow, and green tarps used by first responders to categorize the victims.”

Godinez added 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 the victims to each victim to different hospitals,” said Godinez.

The circumstances of the crash were under investigation.

Several of the recruits have been reported to be in critical condition. 

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