GREEN ACRES, California (May 20, 2013) – A suspected drunk driver fled the scene of the collision that seriously injured nine people Saturday night including three with major injuries when his SUV crashed into a minivan on Highway 74 between Vista Place and Winchester Road, according to a press release issued by the Riverside County Fire Department
The hit-and-run driver and his passenger both attempted to flee the accident by running through the parking lot of an AM/PM convenience store. The driver hid in a trash dumpster and the passenger collapsed in the parking lot. Police detained the driver and were considering booking him on DUI and hit-and-run charges.
Just after 9 p.m., the driver of a white Nissan Quest minivan was allegedly struck head on by a black GMC Yukon that reportedly drifted into opposing traffic. The hit-and-run driver was behind the wheel of the Yukon, according to a report by the Southwest Riverside News Network.
Three people suffered major injuries in the crash and had to be cut from the wreckage by responding fire fighters and rescue workers. A team of about 20 CAL FIRE/Riverside fire fighters and two engines responded to the crash where they used specialized equipment and a hazardous materials team to rescue the numerous victims involved in the accident.
Paramedics transported the injured victims in five separate ambulances to local hospitals for treatment.
Five of the victims suffered moderate injuries and one individual refused treatment for minor injuries sustained in the crash.
Police closed down the westbound lanes of Highway 74 at Winchester Road as debris and hazardous materials were removed and cleaned up from the roadway.
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