WHITTIER — Rescuers landed a helicopter on the field of California High School early Wednesday to hospitalize a 17-year-old boy injured in a two-car crash on Mulberry Drive, officials said.
The crash was reported about 8:24 a.m. on Mulberry Drive near Gunn Avenue in an unincorporated county area near Whittier, according to California Highway Patrol logs. It involved a 1960s-model Ford Mustang and a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
A 17-year-old boy who was a passenger in the Mustang was flown to Los Angeles County-USC with potential serious injuries, CHP Officer Charles Quijada said. Fire officials initially described the badly injured person as a man.
He appeared to have hit his head and was experiencing seizures, officials said.
Another teenage boy riding as a passenger in the Mustang suffered apparently moderate injuries, while a third teen who was driving the classic car was unhurt, according to CHP Officer Charles Quijada.
A woman who was driving the Cherokee also suffered apparently moderate injuries, Quijada said. She was the only person in her vehicle.
The crash occurred as the Jeep was headed eastbound on Mulberry Drive and the Mustang was westbound, Quijada said. The Jeep was slowing down for a red light when it was struck by the Mustang.
“The Mustang came from westbound side, out of control into the eastbound lanes, and struck the Cherokee,” he said.
The cause of crash was being investigated by the Santa Fe Springs office of the CHP.
The wreckage was quickly cleared from the roadway, and only the eastbound lanes of Mulberry Drive were briefly shut down in the aftermath of the collision.
Witnesses are encouraged to to contact the San De Springs CHP office at 562-868-0503.