101 Freeway Crash Injures 10; Children Reported Lying in Roadway

The accident occurred on a day when roads were slick due to rain

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    Emergency responders at the scene where two SUVs crashed on the Ventura (101) Freeway. Ten people were treated, including a baby. A baby seat can be seen in the roadway.

    A collision on the rain-slicked Ventura (101) Freeway in the San Fernando Valley left 10 patients injured, including children, on Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

    Two of the patients were children who were ejected from a vehicle, according to the fire department's Brian Humphrey. The crash occurred just after 1 p.m. on the eastbound 101 Freeway at  Valley Circle Boulevard in Woodland Hills.

    A California Highway Patrol official on scene told an NBC4 cameraman that the children ejected were a 5 year old and a baby under 12 months of age.

    The baby was non-responsive at the scene, the CHP official said. Video taken from the scene showed a young woman being loaded into an ambulance holding an alert baby, but it was unclear if that was the same child.

    The CHP's online incident site described "children lying on the side of the road."

    The fire department reported 10 patients total, with possibly six of them children.

    CHP Officer Tatiana Sauquillo later said the extent of the injuries and number of those injured were still unknown.

    An officer on the scene said Saturday's rain was at issue.

    "It's most likely weather related. We just ask people to please slow down when the roadways are wet," said CHP Office Hernandez, who did not give his first name. "It's the safest way to get home."

    A man who said he was driving one of the vehicles involved likewise blamed the rain.

    "A car to the right of me swerved right in front of me and I couldn't stop in time," said Jose Bernardo of Thousand Oaks. "I would say it was the rain. The car swerved and it had to have been the water on the ground."

    Four freeway lanes were shut down for an hour and a half, Sauquillo said. Lanes reopened.

    Video from the scene showed a third vehicle, a sedan, with a seriously damaged front end.

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