WHITTIER, California – As many as 16, although the number is preliminary and may change, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recruits were injured after they were struck by a vehicle during an early morning run on Wednesday, according to reports.
The incident happened in the South Whittier area near Mills Avenue and Trumball Street at around 6:29 a.m.
Several of the recruits have been reported to be in critical condition. The group of recruits running appeared to be 40 to 50 recruits running in a pack.
Helicopter video footage from the scene showed first responders treating the recruits in the middle of the street and loading several others into ambulances. The vehicle that is suspected to be the vehicle used can be seen on a sidewalk with heavy damage to its front end.
It’s unclear if the driver involved has been apprehended.