23 injured after vehicle plows into Los Angeles County sheriff’s recruits on morning run


A driver plowed into a group of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recruits while they were out for a run early Wednesday in Southern California. Authorities said 23 people were injured in the crash, including the driver, and that five recruits were in critical condition.

The driver was identified as a 22-year-old from the California city of Diamond Bar. The driver was going the wrong way on the road, hitting a recruit class that was running in formation, officials said Wednesday at a press conference.  

Paramedics set up a triage area at the scene in the Whitter area and transported the injured to seven hospitals for treatment.

California Sheriff's Recruits Struck
Two investigators stand next to a mangled SUV that struck Los Angeles County sheriff’s recruits in Whittier, Calif., Nov. 16, 2022. 

Jae C. Hong/AP

“There are red, yellow, and green tarps used by first responders to categorize the victims,” Ret. Fire Captain Rick Godinez of the Los Angeles City Fire Department told CBS Los Angeles Wednesday morning. 

A CBS Los Angeles helicopter showed a large response of police and firefighters as well as a vehicle on a sidewalk.

An investigation is ongoing and the driver has been detained.  



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