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Multiple Children Injured in Wrong-Way Crash in Rancho Bernardo, Sig Alert Issued

Several children and two adults were hurt when two vehicles on a Rancho Bernardo roadway crashed head-on early Monday and alcohol is believed to be a factor, officials said. 

A mother was driving a black SUV westbound in eastbound lanes of Camino Del Norte, near the on-ramp to Interstate 15, when she crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle, according to San Diego police. 

The mother was suspected of driving under the influence with a two-year-old in a car seat and an eight-year-old, who was holding an unrestrained infant, SDPD said. The CHP said the force from the crash threw the infant into the windshield and

When San Diego Fire-Rescue crews responded to the crash at about 4:30 a.m. witnesses had already pulled the nine-month-old baby from the crash but the child was not responsive. 

The children were transported to area hospitals. The infant was receiving a CT Scan at Rady Children's Hospital at about 6 a.m. but the condition of all children was not available.  

The mother was transported to the hospital with major injuries and the driver of the other vehicle was also hurt. 

All lanes of Camino Del Norte were shut down and a Sig Alert was issued for I-15 to westbound Camino Del Norte as SDPD launched an investigation into the crash.

At the scene, a vehicle appeared to be embedded into the SUV and debris covered the roadway. 

Eastbound lanes of Camino Del Norte have since reopened but the closures in westbound lanes and the I-15 offramp were expected to last at least four hours, SDPD said. 

No other information was available.

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