A multi casualty incident was declared Sunday evening after two vehicles collided on a Turlock street, sending seven to area hospitals, the Turlock Fire Department reported.
The crash was reported at 5:28 p.m. Sunday in the 3500 block of North Olive Avenue. Details of how the two vehicles collided have not been released, but multiple witnesses did say both vehicles were seen on Christoffersen Parkway prior to the collision and they appeared to be racing.
The Turlock Police Department is investigating the incident as an aggravated assault, said police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.
The first emergency responders to arrive at the scene found two vehicles, both with major damage.
All the occupants had self-extricated from the vehicles, said Turlock Fire Capt. Jason Bernard.
The seven people had injuries that ranged from one needing immediate care, four patients with delayed care and two with minor injuries, according to the fire department.
A paramedic with American Medical Response declared it a multi-casualty incident, which triggered the dispatch of additional resources on-scene and notification of local hospitals.
A multi-casualty incident is any incident where the number of patients exceeds the day-to-day operating capabilities and requires additional resources and/or distribution of patients to multiple hospitals.
Firefighters helped triage the patients and all were taken to local hospitals or trauma centers, one by Medi-flight.
Turlock Fire responded with two engines, Squad 32, and a battalion chief. Through their resource sharing partners, Modesto Quint 18 also provided aid. In total, 13 firefighters were on-scene along with five AMR ground ambulances, one air ambulance, and multiple units from the Turlock Police Department.