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4 UCI students hospitalized after crash in Newport Beach

4 UCI students hospitalized after crash in Newport Beach
Four UC Irvine students were hospitalized after a crash Monday morning near the intersection of University Drive and La Vida in Newport Beach. (Daily Pilot)

A vehicle driven by a UC Irvine student who police say may have fallen asleep at the wheel veered into a concrete freeway pillar in Newport Beach on Monday morning, sending him and three other students to a hospital.

Newport Beach police and firefighters received an emergency call at 6:38 a.m. about a Jeep that had crashed near the intersection of University Drive and La Vida under the 73 Freeway overpass.

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The driver suffered a broken bone in the crash, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. Three female passengers had less-serious injuries but also were taken to the hospital, Manzella said.

All four are UCI students, Manzella said.

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Manzella said the initial investigation indicated the driver fell asleep before the crash.

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