A car struck 22 sheriff’s cadets on a training run in Whittier

Five Los Angeles County Sheriff’s cadets were seriously injured Wednesday morning when they drove off a large group during a run in Whittier, authorities said.

The crash happened near the Sheriff’s Training Academy near Mills Avenue and Trumball Street, Deputy David Yu said. Recruits were members Stars Explorer Academy.

Dispatchers received a call about a crash involving a pedestrian at 6:26 a.m., Deputy Brenda Serna said. The cause of the accident is under investigation, he said.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed 10 cadets were assaulted.

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Sheila Kelliher said 22 recruits were running when the crash happened. Five people were in critical condition.

The recruits were on a morning run as part of their training, Deputy Grace Medrano said.

Villanueva said the cadets usually run in team formation through the streets, with road patrols and vehicle chases.

“I feel sick when I hear it [about] It is,” Supervisor Janice Hahn said KABC-TV. “I hope and pray they all come through.”

Video from the news station showed paramedics treating the injured and loading them into ambulances. The vehicle involved in the accident appears to be an SUV.

From the video KDLA-TV It showed a dark-colored vehicle on a sidewalk, its front end badly damaged. A leaning power pole was lying on the ground in front of the vehicle.

More than a dozen ambulances responded to the scene, where firefighters placed green, yellow and red triage mats, indicating the severity of injuries, the video shows.

Authorities said the 22-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested. The vehicle was going the wrong way, Kelliher said.

“This car doesn’t seem to slow down,” Hahn said.

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