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2 killed, 3 injured in single-car crash in Santa Ana

January 1, 2012 | 11:02 pm

A crash Sunday night in Santa Ana left a man and a mother dead, her three young children injured and about 1,500 residents without power.

Witnesses told police that the four-door sedan carrying the five people was traveling between 60 mph and 80 mph on West 5th Street near English Street when the driver tried to avoid a car making a turn, swerved to the right and hit the sidewalk, then lost control.

Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department said the car hit a metal pole, went airborne and struck a utility pole. The poles were severely damaged -- causing power outages for scores of nearby residents -- and the white car landed upside down, he said.

Authorities said the three children in the car were rushed to a trauma center. A 2-year-old was undergoing surgery, a 6-year-old suffered cuts and a 10-year-old had a broken wrist.

Bertagna said it was unclear if the driver was the children’s father. He said it appeared the group  had been on their way to church.


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