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2 children, driver hurt after car crashes into Mt. Hope home

Posted at 10:34 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 15:23:20-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- At least three people were injured Wednesday after a Ford Mustang veered off a freeway off-ramp and crashed into a home in the Mt. Hope area.

The crash happened at around 9:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of 39th Street, near state Route 94, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Authorities said the white Mustang somehow went off an off-ramp, tumbled down an embankment, and then crashed into a house. The vehicle came to rest in a bedroom, with wood and debris trapping two children that were sleeping in a bedroom.

The parents and responding firefighters were able to pull the children out of the rubble.

The children's father, Carlos Ocampos, told ABC 10News, “I ran to the kids, walked into the room, and there’s a full car in the bedroom. The kids aren’t in the bed. I’m digging through stuff. My wife and I are looking for the kids. They aren’t responding.”

Ocampos added, “There were moments in my head, where I was thinking, 'Is this it?' It’s hard to think when you can’t hear them or you can’t see them.”

The kids were transported to Rady Children’s Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and were later released. ABC 10News learned the Mustang’s driver was also hospitalized with injuries of unknown severity.

No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, and authorities are trying to determine if the Mustang’s driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

A structural engineer was sent to the home to assess the damage, while San Diego Gas & Electric crews were on hand to inspect gas lines.

The family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for damages.