Los Angeles: a car overturns a group of police recruits and injures 25

The carnage was avoided but the toll is heavy. A car drove into a group of police officers in training in the middle of a jogging session on Wednesday in Los Angeles, injuring 25 people, including five seriously, according to the authorities. This group of recruits was jogging early in the morning when a vehicle, heading in the wrong direction, rammed into them, apparently without slowing down.

“It looked like a plane crash,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference. “There were so many bodies scattered everywhere with different injuries that it was quite traumatic for everyone involved,” he added, speaking of “severed limbs” for some injured. One of the patients is on life support, he said.

Video taken at the scene shows a black SUV type vehicle on the sidewalk, its front end damaged. He was driving in the wrong direction at the time of the incident, according to firefighters quoted by the Los Angeles Times. Some of those officers in training heard the car speed up, the sheriff said. According to the Californian newspaper, the car ended up in a lamppost.

The arrested driver

The driver, arrested at the scene, was not drunk, added Alex Villanueva, but according to police sources obtained by the LA Times, the driver allegedly told officers “that he fell asleep”. Tests were underway to determine if the 22-year-old was under the influence of any drugs.

The group of joggers consisted of 75 officers in training for county police, wearing reflective vests, according to the Los Angeles Times. Among them were also trainees from other nearby police forces.

“Our hearts go out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff recruits injured this morning while training to serve their communities,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

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