Students Hurt in After-School Crash

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    Four people were hurt Thursday in an SUV crash near Mount Miguel High School.

    The crash took place at about 2:45 p.m. on Sweewater Road just south of Blossom Lane in Spring Valley.

    Three high school students were injured in the crash, as was the 72-year-old male driver of the white SUV.

    The Mount Miguel High School students were walking home from school at about 2:50 p.m. on the east shoulder of Sweetwater Road near Blossom Lane, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Brian Pennings. The driver, who is from Lemon Grove, was headed north on Sweetwater Road when he lost control for some reason, went over the curb and hit a power pole, severing it from the ground. His vehicle continued moving on the sidewalk, where he struck the three students, two of whom were walking together.

    "We are investigating the possibilities of being under the influence," Pennings said. "We don't have a confirmation of that but we need to confirm or rule that out."

    All three students and the driver were taken to local hospitals for treatment. One of the students was taken away by air ambulance, Pennings said. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. At least one of the victims had a broken bone, however, he added.