An early morning Rancho Santa Fe crash sent seven teens, two children and an adult to the hospital, Rancho Santa Fe fire officials said.
The crash happened at approximately 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when firefighters, paramedics and EMTs from Rancho Santa Fe to Encinitas to Escondido to San Marcos first responded to a crash near Elfin Forest Road and Harmony Grove Road.
When officials first arrived on the scene, they found that an SUV with seven teenagers inside had flipped onto its side.
Another SUV struck the car, officials said. A woman and two children were inside.
All victims were able to get themselves out of the cars safely.
The victims were taken to local hospitals with injuries ranging from moderate to critical, fire officials said.
The road was shut down in both directions while crews worked to help the victims and cleared the scene.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials are investigating.
No further information is available.