Car veers off side of road in Fallbrook, 2 seriously injured

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FALLBROOK – Seven people had to be taken to local hospitals, some of them with life-threatening injuries, after the car they were riding in crashed off the side of a road Saturday afternoon on the northern edge of Fallbrook.

The crash, which happened in the 1100 block of De Luz Road, was reported to firefighters at 2:07 p.m., according to North County Fire Department spokesman John Choi.

Fire crews responded to find one person still trapped inside the car. The crews were able to rescue that person — who did not suffer any life-threatening injuries — but two other vehicle occupants were taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar with serious injuries, Choi said. The remaining five, including the trapped person, were taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.

The vehicle involved in the crash was a mid-sized sedan, according to Choi, indicating not everyone in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.