Two Saugus High School students were reportedly struck by a vehicle near their school on Monday, resulting in both being rushed to the hospital.
The call for the collision was first reported at Alamogordo Road and Bouquet Canyon Road at approximately 8:55 a.m. Monday, according to officials at the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
“It was a traffic collision with two pedestrians involved,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department representative Geovanni Sanchez. “Both were transported to the nearest hospital.”
“Two students with the Saugus cross-country team were struck by a vehicle,” said Deputy Natalie Arriaga, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “The investigation remains ongoing.”
Dave Caldwell, a spokesman for the William S. Hart Union High School District, confirmed Monday that the district had been made aware of the incident and officials were notified that both students were receiving medical care.
The woman who was driving the vehicle stopped after the collision and remained on the scene to speak with investigators.
Jim Scott, a witness to the incident, who assisted the boys following the crash, said he was waiting at the Alamogordo/Bouquet Canyon intersection light when the crash occurred Monday morning. He described both runners as having sustained serious injuries: one boy’s head collided with the windshield while the other suffered a major injury to his leg, he said.
When asked if the car had run a red light, or what had transpired to lead to the crash, Scott said he did not know due to the traffic-actuated lights.
“(The runners) got to waiting for their turn there, and so I came up to a stop, and they started running across the crosswalk,” said Scott. “So, they cross the two lanes going southbound and the median and that’s when the car came up on the inside lane and struck two of them.”
“I can’t say what it looked like from their side,” Scott added, in reference to the driver’s viewpoint.
No arrests as a result of the investigation have been made as of the publication of this article, Arriaga added.
“That requires an investigation,” said Arriaga, when asked if investigators believed the driver had been at fault. “We do have to study all diameters in order to determine a cause.”