Crash on Twin Peaks Sends 5 to Hospitals

Two teenage brothers were severely injured in the crash near Community Road.

Updated at 9:57 p.m. Wednesday.

A collision at a Poway intersection critically injured four people Wednesday afternoon.

A fifth person was less severely injured in the two-vehicle wreck, which was reported about 2:30 p.m. on Twin Peaks Road in Poway, sheriff's Lt. Kelly Martinez said.

Emergency crews had to free one person from the wreckage. An air ambulance was called in to take at least one of the most seriously injured patients to a trauma center, while several others were transported by ground ambulance.

A green Ford Escort driven by a 17-year-old boy was going west on Twin Peaks Road with three teenage passengers when he swerved over the center line into eastbound traffic, striking a white Toyota Prius, said sheriff's Cpl. Todd Murphy.

The Escort then slid sideways into a maroon Ford F-150 driven by a woman with her 12-year-old sister as a passenger. The Escort driver and his 15-year-old brother were critically injured with major head trauma.

The other drivers had minor injuries, Murphy said.

Stay with Patch for more information as it becomes available.

Bernie Lopez September 05, 2012 at 10:35 PM
That's weird. The ambulance went up the hill from Community (Hill-n-Dale). Community was open as of 3PM, however Twin Peaks westbound was closed at Community. We were trying to figure out what happened. There wasn't a sign of the accident at the intersection itself, besides the traffic directing and some cones. This was at 3PM.
Gary Vineyard Poway City Council Candidate September 06, 2012 at 03:40 AM
That's because the crash was west of Community on Twin Peaks.
R hernandez September 06, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Very serious and traumatic crash that many of us passed this afternoon. Praying for good news, healing hands and comfort for those injured, peace these difficult hours for their families. Appreciative of our first responders.
Diedre September 06, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Breaks my heart to read this, a tragic reminder for all that driving requires all your attention
Larry Alexander September 06, 2012 at 04:51 AM
This is the second serious crash in as many weeks in that spot. When are they going to paint the lines back in the roadway? It's been a while now since they repaved.
Sue Hazelhurst Walsh September 06, 2012 at 05:05 AM
So sad to read -- that is such a dangerous stretch of Twin Peaks. There must be ways to slow traffic down. A median? Lower speed limit? So tragic.
Gary Vineyard Poway City Council Candidate September 06, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Lines don't help excessive speed or inattention.
Gary Vineyard Poway City Council Candidate September 06, 2012 at 06:07 AM
The speed limit is fine, reall, and medians are very expensive and really not needed. That leaves responsibility of the driver (now there's a unique concept...responsibility) and enforcement by the Sheriff. Having been a motorcycle cop for many years I know that if you write enough tickets there people will slow down. We also need to know more about the circumstances than is available at this time.
Debbie September 06, 2012 at 06:40 AM
I know of several accidents in that intersection as well a serious one where a young man ran a red light hitting my daughters car head on a couple months ago. She is currently waiting on back surgery because of it. 20 year old girl, life changed because someone not paying attention or whatever his excuse was. New lines, speed limit, median.. Nothing will help if drivers don't change how they themselves drive and SLOW down!
Joe St. Lucas September 06, 2012 at 06:44 AM
So why couldn't they put up one of those warning signs at the intersection of twin peaks and ted williams to let drivers know that the eastbound road was closed and that tons of traffic was being diverted through the residential neighborhoods since this took hours to clean up? Just last night at the Poway city council meeting, Pete Babbich was talking about the senior volunteers doing things like traffic control, and there he was tonight directing traffic! Good job Pete. (and others).
Shelby Arguin September 06, 2012 at 01:29 PM
So dissappointing for the families of this accident to read a thread like this. I understand you all are more concerned about the cause after the fact. Would it hurt you to show a little compassion till these boys are all in the clear. Two are in critical condition still. They could use hopes & prayers comments right now, not ones talking about excessive speed or inattention!!!!
David Haessig September 06, 2012 at 02:16 PM
This is an accident prone segment of Twin Peaks. The causes are important because they help our city traffic engineers find a solution. not so we can place responsibility on those in the accidents. We should all work to be better drivers, but danger on problem road segments should be minimalized. The subject accident involved thre vehicles. Did all three drivers make a mistake?
Gary Vineyard Poway City Council Candidate September 06, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Debbie I'm sorry to hear about your daughter, I have kids of my own that travel all through Poway and that area as well. Your comment was spot on. All drviers especiall young drivers need to assume the responsibility which comes with driving. I hope your your daughters sugery is soon and successful.
Paula Catalano September 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Regarding the accident on Twin Peaks, Wednesday: I was driving behind the truck that was hit. We both were heading towards "Espola" on Twin Peaks. When the car going the opposite way, weaved over into oncoming traffic for some wierd reason, AND.....the car was going more than 45 mph........As the car weaved over the double yellow lines, I said to myself..."why is he doing that?" Then, the impact!!!!!! So it the crash had nothing to do with roadwork, or no lines on the street, it looked like a big mistake in not paying attention....................I have never seen anything like that in my life.............I will never get the impact of that car just exploding and those boys faces out of my mind..............P Catalano
Debbie September 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Shelby, Of course these boys have my hopes and prayers for recovery!! I am so sorry this happened. It just saddens me and honestly I am a bit bitter since I am dealing with my daughters accident from that same intersection. (I'd be willing to bet that the circumstances of yesterdays accident is the same as my daughters, she was also going eastbound as the boy that hit her was going west, coming from around that corner. That corner is dangerous!) She is in excruciating pain every single day and has been for months!! Before this, her life was full and busy, now she cannot go to school, work or anything. . My daugter is a victim in this, turning left on a green arrow when the boy that hit her ran the red light.They figure he was going probably approx 50 mph. Accidents like these do NOT have to happen. I believe that the parents of these poor people would fully agree with me. I do pray that these boys heal fully, quickly without any permenant damage. I wish that there was some way to get people to see that they are not invincible, that these things can happen and in a blink of an eye, life will be changed forever. Thank you Gary Vineyard for your comment and good wishes for my daughter. Debbie
Fran September 06, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Really? That's your gripe? You were inconvenienced because signs weren't put up where you thought they should be. Let's see, choosing between your convenience and getting lifeflight in to hopefully save some lives, clear the scene and get all the necessary information from witnesses, skid marks, etc. Hmmm. Let me think. No. You lose. You get to suffer the brief inconvenience of a detour.
Fran September 06, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Prayers for peace of mind for you Paula. What a horrific thing to witness.


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