A single-car crash that occurred with such force that the engine was thrown from the car left three people injured in Turlock early Saturday.
The driver and two passengers were injured when the green Acura left Christoffersen Parkway about 5:15 a.m. and then hit a fence and a tree at California State University, Stanislaus. Christoffersen runs along the north side of the campus.
Two of the victims were taken by helicopter to a hospital, said Sgt. Neil Cervenka of the Turlock Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team. The third, a woman, was taken by ambulance.
The driver and a passenger, both men, were pinned inside the car, which landed upended against a tree, Cervenka said. It took firefighters and paramedics an hour to get the occupants out, said Cervenka, who described rescuers’ efforts as “heroic.”
“They had to basically pull the car off of them,” he said.
One passenger was ejected from the car. She was walking around when rescue crews arrived, Cervenka said. The driver’s injuries are life-threatening, Cervenka said.
Police have not released the identities of those involved, but Cervenka said the driver is a juvenile and all are believed to be from the area.
Investigators planned to remain at the scene for several hours. It’s not clear whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, but speed definitely was a factor, Cervenka said, pointing out that the engine flew out of the car. It landed on the east side of the tree.