OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Police are investigating whether street racing was a factor in a head-on crash in Oceanside Wednesday night that sent four people to the hospital.
The incident was reported just after 7:30 p.m. on Douglas Drive near Festival in Oceanside. Two cars and a motorcycle were involved in the collision.
Witnesses told Oceanside police that a car was going south on Douglas when it crossed the center line and collided with a northbound car. A motorcycle then hit them both.
The Ocean Fire Department reports that people were trapped in both vehicles, and the motorcyclist was on the ground between them. It took firefighters more than an hour to free all of the victims from the wreckage. They had to use the Jaws of Life to get them out of the cars.
Three of the victims were taken to local hospitals via three Mercy Air helicopters, and a fourth by ambulance. Two were transported to Palomar Medical Center and two to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.
As of early Thursday morning, three of the victims were in critical condition, and one was in stable condition.
According to Oceanside police, at least one witness told investigators that two vehicles were drag racing prior to the crash. Police are also looking for a car that may have fled the scene. It was described as a silver or gray colored Honda or Scion hatchback.