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SDPD officer among at least 3 injured in San Ysidro crash; one driver trapped

It happened about 4:20 p.m. on south I-5 between state Route 905 and Dairy Mart Road, snarling traffic for drivers approaching the border

A multiple-vehicle crash involving a San Diego police vehicle on a San Ysidro freeway Wednesday evening injured at least three people, including one driver who was trapped in the wreckage , ities said.

The San Diego police officer involved in the collision sustained minor injuries, Officer Robert Heims said.

Details of how the crash occurred were not immediately available, but it happened about 4:20 p.m. on south Interstate 5 between state Route 905 and Dairy Mart Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A CHP incident log categorized the incident as a major-injury crash. According to the log, a woman was trapped in a vehicle that struck the San Diego police vehicle.

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At least three people were injured in the crash, including one taken as a trauma patient to Scripps Mercy Hospital, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz. Medics took others to UC San Diego Medical Center. At least one of them was described as a trauma patient.

Fire officials categorized their response as a vehicle rescue. Footage from a 10News helicopter showed about a dozen firefighters trying to free a victim from a badly damaged silver vehicle. The crews appeared to be still working to rescue the victim as of about 5:15 p.m.

Caltrans San Diego tweeted that the three right lanes of the freeway were shut down. The collision snarled traffic in the South Bay, including for drivers headed toward the border ahead of the long Thanksgiving weekend.


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