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3 military members hospitalized in vehicle crash at Naval Base San Diego gate

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Posted at 7:37 AM, Apr 03, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-03 19:53:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Three military members were transported to the hospital Wednesday morning after a vehicle crash at a gate to Naval Base San Diego.

The ABC 10News Breaking News Tracker was at the scene at around 5 a.m. as emergency crews responded to a crash involving a Ford Expedition SUV at the gate on Norman Scott Road.

Later in the morning, Naval Base San Diego Public Information Officer Krishna Jackson provided ABC 10News with update information about the collision. Jackson stated an unmarked vehicle that belongs to the base attempted to bypass the guard shack at the gate at around 4:30 a.m.

At the time, the guard shack was manned; Jackson noted that there is a procedure for people who arrive at the gate to show identification.

Per Jackson, when the vehicle tried to bypass the guard shack, a security guard pushed a button that brought up a barrier and the car crashed into it.

Base officials offered this statement regarding the crash: "Out of an abundance of caution, our security team deployed the gate security barrier to prevent a vehicle from entering the base without proper vetting. The vehicle was one of our unmarked security vehicles, and it sustained damaged. The occupants of the vehicle have been taken to a local hospital for evaluation.”

One of the military members was released after treatment, while the two others were still being evaluated.

While there was no threat to the public, Jackson said the crash has had an impact on traffic in the area, and she wants to make certain people can expect where they will be diverted on Wednesday.

Jackson said, “Right now, we've diverted traffic to Gate 29, which is on Main Street, and then at Gate 32, which is over at Yama and Main Street. That gate is also operating normally; we have two gates to the dry side open until about 7 p.m. and we have one entrance, Gate 43, so we'll just adjust and have a different gate opened."

Military officials are investigating why the vehicle attempted to get through the gate.