Sweetwater Trustee Injured in Crash

By Monica Garske
|  Thursday, Jul 25, 2013  |  Updated 1:26 PM PDT
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Sweetwater Trustee Injured in Crash

Sweetwater trustee John McCann was seriously injured in a crash in Chula Vista Wednesday evening, sources confirmed to NBC 7.

According to police, the accident involving two vehicles happened around 5 p.m. in the 600 block of Telegraph Canyon Road. It was initially reported by officials as a head-on crash.

When rescue crews arrived at the scene, they discovered two patients. One of those patients was transported to UCSD Medical Center with major injuries.

Sources later told NBC 7 that the patient taken to UCSD Medical Center was McCann.

As of 10:30 p.m., sources said McCann was unconscious at the hospital, but had woken very briefly and said his name.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Telegraph Canyon Road was blocked to traffic for several hours Wednesday evening as officials began collecting evidence. The road re-opened by 10:40 p.m.
Police do not suspect alcohol played a factor in the crash.

On Thursday, Chula Vista Police Department Capt. Gary Wedge also confirmed that McCann was taken to UCSD Trauma Center following the crash.

Capt. Wedge said McCann’s vehicle was hit on the left front side, so the accident is not being considered a “head-on” collision.

Capt. Wedge said officers spoke with McCann’s wife Thursday and she told police he is doing much better. He’s not in critical condition, but remains hospitalized.

NBC 7 reached out to Sweetwater Union High School spokesperson Manny Rubio Thursday and he said the district is trying to give the McCann family privacy during this difficult time.

Rubio said McCann’s colleagues are wishing him a speedy recovery, and are keeping his family in their thoughts.


Editor's Note: This article originally stated McCann was involved in a head-on collision, per initial reports from police. Investigators have since clarified that the crash was not considered head-on.

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