A 20-year-old woman was in critical condition and two others were in serious condition after collision between two cars, one of which struck a home, in Santa Ana early Sunday morning.
Officials first responded to the collision on the 100 block of East Edinger Avenue between midnight and 1 a.m., the Orange County Fire Authority said.
The collision sent one vehicle crashing through a fence and into the wall of a nearby home while the other vehicle stalled on nearby Cypress Avenue. Debris was strewn across the pavement.
The Santa Ana Police Department has been handling the investigation and is going through the large quantity of debris. Alcohol and drugs were believed to have been involved.
“We do believe that alcohol or drugs are, in fact, in play in this investigation,” Cpl. Brett Nelson said. “Tentatively, we did find some things in the vehicle that would indicate alcohol was involved, but that will be pending per the investigation.”
Both vehicles were severely damaged and the victims of the collision were trapped inside the vehicles, prompting first responders to use the Jaws of Life tool to extricate the victims, officials said.
“It’s a very chaotic scene,” Fire Authority Battalion Chief James Henery said.
The critically injured woman was believed to be the passenger of one of the vehicles, and the two seriously injured victims were believed to be the drivers of the vehicles. Investigators are still working to identify the victims, who were transported to local area hospitals.
The residents of the home where one of the vehicles crashed were asleep when the crash occurred. They were asked to vacate the home due to instability and firefighters had to stabilize the structure of the home.
Edinger Avenue was closed between Main Street and Orange Avenue and could be blocked most of the day, officials said.