2 people in critical condition after car overturns near CSULB, firefighters say

Two people are in critical condition after a car crash just north of Cal State Long Beach, officials said.

Long Beach Fire Department spokesperson Brian Fisk said fire personnel responded around 3 p.m. to the intersection of Stearns and Palo Verde Avenues after reports of a traffic collision.

Fisk said that the collision involved one car, with multiple people inside, that had overturned. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were taken out of the car using the “jaws of life,” and transported to a nearby hospital’s trauma unit in critical condition, authorities said. Hours after the crash, police confirmed that the two people injured in the collision are now in stable condition.

Video posted on social media by bystanders show a wrecked white SUV with the front windshield broken completely off, flipped on its side on the roadway next to a gas station as traffic zooms by. The cause of the accident has not been determined, however it seems the driver lost control in the intersection, causing the vehicle to overturn, police said.

Footage also shows Long Beach police, who arrived shortly after the LBFD, blocking off the area with yellow tape and investigating the incident.

This story was updated with information from the LBPD. 

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.