Five students injured in crash
by Lenny Roberts
Five students on their way to Nordhoff High School Friday morning
were injured when the vehicle in which they were riding veered
off the road and overturned off Ojai/Santa Paula Road near Happy
Valley School at 7:10 a.m.
California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Reid said Randy Webster,
18, lost control of his westbound Hyundai XL at a curve after
passing a vehicle. Webster's Hyundai then rolled approximately
40 to 50 feet down an embankment, coming to rest in a creek bed.
Webster, and 15-year-old twin passengers Ryan and Andrew Worsham,
who complained of pain, refused medical treatment, according
Reid. However, Tiffany Baca and Michelle Larson, both 16, were
transported to the Ojai Valley Community Hospital by LifeLine
Baca, sitting in the rear of the vehicle, received a cut on her
forehead and complained of pain. Larson, who was not wearing
a seat belt according to the CHP report, sustained a broken left
collarbone, a right knee strain, facial lacerations and a concussion.
She was later transported to Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura
for surgery, according to LifeLine Transport spokesperson Wynne
Reid said that Webster has not been cited for any vehicle code
violation, but the investigation is continuing.
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20 firefighters and a Lifeline Transport paramedic prepare Michelle
Larson for an ambulance ride to Ojai Valley Community Hospital.