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9 children hurt in fatal Calif. single-vehicle crash

First responders in Sacramento arrived to find a total of 11 patients with serious injuries


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By Michael McGough
The Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — At least one person was killed and 10 others, including nine children, were hospitalized with serious injuries following a single-vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Sacramento’s Northgate neighborhood, police and fire officials said.

A vehicle crashed around 8:15 p.m. into a tree near the 900 block of San Juan Road, Sacramento Police Department spokesman Officer Cody Tapley said.

First responders arrived to find 11 victims: two adults and nine children ages 3 through 8, Tapley said. Police and Sacramento Fire Department personnel immediately began to render medical aid.

One of the adults died at the scene, Tapley said. All 10 other victims were transported to hospitals with serious injuries.

The investigation remains “very active” as of Thursday morning, Tapley said, and detectives from the department’s major collision investigations unit have taken over.

The deceased victim’s identity had not been released by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as of Thursday morning.

The deadly crash happened on a stretch of San Juan Road just north of Rio Tierra Park.

“There will be more information to come in the following days. As it becomes available we will share with the community,” tweeted Sacramento City Councilwoman Karina Talamantes, who represents the Northgate area and said she joined first responders at the scene Wednesday evening. “My heart goes out to all the families impacted by this tragic incident.”

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