A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and two other people were seriously injured in a head-on crash near the 91 Freeway in Long Beach early Tuesday, officials said
The deputy had made an arrest before the crash, which was reported just after midnight in the 6100 block of Paramount Boulevard, said Lt. Erik Herzog of the Long Beach Police Department.
According to police, the deputy was en route to the sheriff’s Lakewood station and a black four-door sedan was headed northbound on Paramount Boulevard when it crossed the center divider and struck the patrol car.
LBFD used jaws of life to removed the top of the sheriff’s vehicle in its entirety before extricating the injured deputy.
The deputy, who works at the Lakewood station, was un-conscious when first responders arrived, Herzog said.
The driver of the second vehicle was also hospitalized in serious condition.
Whether drugs/alcohol was a factor is yet to be determined. Charges against the driver of the Toyota Camry are pending further investigation