At least 4 hurt in 3-vehicle wreck in La Jolla

Crash caused downed power lines

LA JOLLA, Calif. - At least four people were hurt in a rollover collision involving three vehicles that brought down power lines in La Jolla Thursday morning.

The crash occurred before 9:45 a.m. at Nautilus Street and Avenida La Reina. According to San Diego police dispatchers, a black BMW was speeding when it flipped and slammed into two other vehicles.

Witnesses estimated the BMW was going more than 100 mph when it careened into oncoming traffic and into yards.

Margot Hamann had just walked outside of her daughter's house on Nautilus Street. She said she saw a BMW jump the median and collide with a Mercedes minivan with a mother and two daughters inside.

"He rolled after he hit the lady, then I saw the Mercedes go and roll again; at least two, three rollovers. It was such speed you don't believe; he's spinning, it was so frightening but his speed alone, the noise of it, I knew it was very fast and I couldn't believe when he was gone," said Hamann.

Several work crews were just across the street when they heard the jolting series of crashes and ran over to help.

Robert Bautista told 10News he heard it before he saw it.

"Three banging, three crashes and we came out and saw kids screaming and we ran toward the car and we helped them out," Bautista said.

The woman and her daughters were treated for what was reported as minor injuries.

Pedro Guillen, another Good Samaritan, added, "My friend takes the window out and took the sunroof off and that's how they came out. They were crying. When my friend, when he grabbed the girl, they were shaking and all that."

The BMW's driver who was trapped in one of the vehicles had to be extricated by San Diego Fire-Rescue crews.

SD Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief John Fisher explained, "We did have to cut through the floor of the BMW to get the patient's foot disentangled."

According to police, a woman and two children suffered minor injuries. The BMW's driver suffered moderate injuries.

San Diego Gas & Electric crews responded to repair the downed lines.

The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

Neighbors told 10News of many accidents on Nautilus Street over many years. The city is considering installing electronic speed signs.

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