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At least 7 injured as LA County sheriff's car, minivan collide

Courtesy NBCLA

Authorities say an accident involving a sheriff's patrol car in downtown Los Angeles has injured at least 7 people, four seriously.

Eight people, including a sheriff's deputy, were hospitalized late Sunday morning after an accident near downtown L.A.'s historic Olvera Street promenade that left a minivan overturned. 

The AP reports that the accident took place at 10 am, and involved a sheriff's patrol car colliding with a minivan: 

Fire officials say the patrol car and a minivan collided at about 10:15 a.m. Sunday near the Olvera Street tourist attraction.

NBCLA reported that the minivan may have belonged to a landscaping company, and may have run a red light: 

The minivan, which appeared to belong to Norman's Nursery of San Gabriel, Calif., was traveling north on Main Street when the sheriff’s patrol car, traveling west on Arcadia Street, slammed into the right side of the van.

“Our preliminary investigation revealed statements that the driver of the minivan ran [a] red light,” [LAPD traffic division Sgt. Mike] Flynn said.

All seven people in the minivan and the sheriff's deputy were taken to the hospital, NBCLA reported, and 4 were seriously injured. 

The AP reported firefighters had to pry several victims from the wreckage using the jaws of life.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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