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School District Truck Crashes Into Car With Baby on Board Near La Mesa Home

A truck belonging to a local school district crashed into another car – with a mother and her infant inside – in unincorporated La Mesa Friday morning, injuring at least both of the drivers.

A 55-year-old man, working for the Cajon Valley Union School District, was driving a district-owned white Ford truck with an attached utility trailer southbound on Avocado Boulevard at around 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The California Highway Patrol said while the employee was turning left, he struck a blue Ford Fusion heading northbound on Avocado Boulevard.

Inside the Ford Fusion was a mother and her infant, who was strapped into a child safety seat. CHP said initial reports showed the child safety seat was not properly installed.

Officers said the child safety seat was later found face down on the rear floorboard of the Ford Fusion.

The head-on collision sent both vehicles into the yard of home east of the roadway. Both vehicles sustained major damage.

SkyRanger 7 flew overhead of the crash site and spotted various debris scattered around the home.

It appeared the incident partially knocked over a palm tree onto the home.

CHP confirmed both drivers sustained major injuries but said they were not life-threatening. The extent of the infant’s injuries is not known at this time. They were all transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance.

Alcohol and drugs did not play a factor in the crash, CHP said.

CHP and the San Miguel Fire Department responded to the scene.

Michelle Hayes; the district's assistant superintendent, personnel services; told NBC 7 the entire district was “wishing everyone involved a speedy recovery.”

Hayes said both drivers were conscious after the crash and that their employee is in stable condition.

No other information was available.

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