Three injured in Pomona head-on collision

POMONA – Three people were hospitalized, one of them via helicopter, following a head-on crash between to SUVs Sunday, authorities said.
The collision took place about 10:45 a.m. on at Towne Avenue, between Harrison and Bonita avenues, according to Pomona police and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.
Initial investigation indicated a woman was driving southbound on Towne Avenue when she lost control of the vehicle, Pomona police Lt. Ron McDonald said.
The woman’s son, who firefighters estimated to be between 10 and 14 years old, grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to maintain control of the SUV, the lieutenant said. But the car sideswiped another vehicle before crossing over the center median and into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with a northbound vehicle.
Firefighters cut open the SUV that had been heading north on Towne to free the driver, a man estimated to be in his late 30s, from the wreckage, fire Engineer Gary Schiaretti said. Rescuers flew the injured man to a trauma center by helicopter.
The woman driving the southbound SUV was taken to a trauma center by ambulance, Schiaretti said. The boy suffered apparently minor injuries, but was taken to the same trauma center as his mother to prevent them from being separated.
All of the patients were conscious and breathing when transported, and none of the injuries initially appeared to be life-threatening, Schiaretti said.
The Pomona Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team was handling the investigation.

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