2 injured in first of 2 crashes involving firetrucks in Malibu

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Two people were hospitalized after one of three separate crashes -- two involving L.A. County firetrucks and the third a sheriff’s deputy -- along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Saturday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.

The three crashes happened within a two-hour window beginning about 12:30 p.m., when officials say a fire engine smashed into a gray Toyota Prius pulling out of an intersection near Zumirez Drive.

Two women in the Prius were airlifted to a hospital in unknown condition, said Lt. A.J. Rotella of the Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu station.


About half an hour later, a vehicle rear-ended a sheriff’s cruiser near the intersection of PCH and Winding Way, Rotella said. Nobody was injured.

An hour or so later and less than half a mile to the east, a smaller firetruck was involved in a crash with a compact car making a U-turn, Rotella said, adding that a paramedic suffered minor injuries.

PCH was closed for several hours in both directions, but reopened about 5:30 p.m., Rotella said.

Sheriff’s officials are investigating all three crashes.

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