A California car accident involving a U.S. Border Patrol agent resulted in serious injuries to the agent. The 41-year-old man had to be airlifted to the hospital after the vehicle he was riding in hit another car carrying a mother and her three children.
According to a report by the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened on State Route 78 after the vehicle the agent and a co-worker were driving in crossed the center line into the path of oncoming traffic. The co-worker had been driving the vehicle. Officers at the scene were unable to determine why he crossed over the center of the road.
The U.S. Border Patrol SUV sideswiped a pick-up truck that was transporting a 28-year-old woman and her three young children who were listed as being 3-years-old, 6-years-old and 7-years old.
A witness, who was watching TV in his house when the accident happened, reported hearing a loud noise outside his home. He ran out of the house to find the injured border patrol agent lying with his face down on the side of the road.
Though conscious, the agent was said to have been mumbling and groaning, but was unable to carry on a coherent conversation. The co-worker was found next to the injured man talking to him. The witness, who was first to arrive on the scene, removed his shirt in order to shield the injured man from the afternoon sun.
The name of the co-worker who was at the wheel at the time of the crash was not released by authorities. He was not hurt in the accident. Injuries to the agent were described as being not life-threatening.
Source: Channel 10 News "Border Patrol Agent Hurt In Ramona-Area Crash," Aug. 30, 2011