Updated at 8:10 p.m. April 30, 2015
Three West Hills High School students were injured Thursday, one fatally, in a broadside traffic collision in front of the Santee campus.
The crash occurred shortly before 1 p.m., when a sedan leaving the school in the 8700 block of Mast Boulevard pulled in front of an oncoming Ford Explorer, authorities said.
The SUV “T-boned” the car at high speed, pushing it into an approaching pickup truck, Santee Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Stuber told reporters.
Medics had to extricate the two occupants of the mangled sedan, which took about 20 minutes, Stuber said. Medics airlifted one of the students to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Passalacqua said. The youth’s name was withheld pending family notification.
A ground ambulance crew took the other two teens — one suffering from broken shoulder and facial bones and the other complaining of arm pain — to the same San Diego trauma center.
The wreck left the street closed between Medina Drive and West Hills Parkway into the late afternoon.
The victims’ school will make grief counselors available Friday for students traumatized by the fatal accident, Passalacqua said.
— City News Service
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