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Alleged drunk driver crashes into Caltrans construction zone

April 11, 2012 |  8:51 am

Alleged drunk driver crashes into Caltrans construction zone

A suspected drunk driver crashed into a freeway construction zone in Colton early Wednesday morning, less than a week after a road worker was killed in a similar incident that left a road worker dead.

The latest accident happened about 1:45 a.m. on the eastbound 10 Freeway at Pepper Avenue.

California Highway Patrol officials said a red Honda carrying six people slammed through a freeway closure in which a Caltrans crew was resurfacing lanes.

The car hit a tractor-trailer in the construction zone while going about 70 mph and then rolled over.

Some of the passengers were ejected.

All six people inside the car -- ranging in age from 15 to 20 -- were transported to area hospitals.

A 17-year-old who was sitting in the back seat on the passenger's side was in critical condition with a broken neck.

Four others had injuries ranging from a lacerated liver to head wounds. Nobody was wearing a seat belt, according to the CHP.

The driver of the car was given a field sobriety test at the scene and then arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said..

The CHP says other charges are pending, because it appears all the occupants of the vehicle were drinking, and they are all minors.

No Caltrans workers were injured.

Last Thursday, 21-year-old Connor Penhall was struck and killed while doing construction work on a closed section of the 10 Freeway in Baldwin Park. The driver, 37-year-old Tatsuhiko Sakamoto of Arcadia, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Penhall was the son of motorcycle speedway racing legend and actor Bruce Penhall.

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-- KTLA News

Photo: Investigators work the scene after a car crashed into a Caltrans work zone on the eastbound 10 Freeway at Pepper Avenue in Colton. Credit: KTLA-TV

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