Two Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies were injured, one of them critically, during and after a crash in San Jacinto early Friday.
Around 2:15 a.m., a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department vehicle was involved in a collision with another vehicle at Esplanade Avenue and State Street, according to Sgt. Deirdre Vickers.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the Ford Explorer being driven by a 26-year-old male deputy collided with a Nissan Maxima driven by a 56-year-old woman from Hemet.
After the vehicles collided, the deputy’s vehicle then hit a light pole.
The deputy was taken to a local hospital in critical condition after sustaining “substantial” injuries, the department said in a news release.
The driver of the other car was also hospitalized with what the Sheriff’s Department called moderate injuries, though the CHP said they were minor.
A second deputy at the scene was also injured and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, Vickers said.
“A second deputy that responded to the collision was also injured while attempting to extract the deputy from his vehicle,” the Sheriff’s Department release said. “That deputy was also transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for a knee injury and released.”
No further details were available.