A multiple casualty incident was reported Sunday night after two vehicles collided on a street in Turlock, sending seven to area hospitals, the Turlock Fire Department reported.
The crash was reported at 5:28 p.m. Sunday in the 3500 block of North Olive Avenue. Details of the two vehicles’ collision were not released, but multiple witnesses said the two vehicles were seen on Christoffersen Parkway prior to the collision and appeared to be running.
The Turlock Police Department is investigating the incident as a serious assault, said police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.
First responders to the scene found two vehicles, both badly damaged.
All occupants self-extricated themselves from the vehicles, Turlock Fire Captain Jason Bernard said.
The seven people suffered injuries ranging from one requiring immediate care, four patients with delayed care and two with minor injuries, according to firefighters.
An American Medical Response paramedic said it was a multiple casualty incident, prompting the dispatch of additional resources to the scene and notification of local hospitals.
A multiple casualty incident is an incident where the number of patients exceeds daily operational capacities and requires additional resources and/or the distribution of patients to multiple hospitals.
Firefighters helped triage the patients and all were taken to local hospitals or trauma centers, one by Medi-flight.
Turlock Fire responded with two engines, Squad 32 and a battalion leader. Through its resource sharing partners, Modesto Quint 18 has also provided assistance. A total of 13 firefighters were on scene along with five AMR land ambulances, one air ambulance and several units from the Turlock Police Department.