Truck with seven teenagers crashes into palm tree

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LEMON GROVE, Calif. – Seven teenagers were injured Monday when the truck they were in crashed off an East County road as they were fleeing from deputies responding to a fight in an East County commercial district.

The brawl, which involved about 10 boys, was reported in the 7900 block of Broadway in Lemon Grove about 1 p.m., according to sheriff’s officials.

Before the arrival of patrol personnel, the combatants fled, seven of them in the same truck.

When deputies caught up to the vehicle in the area of Dayton and Skyline drives a short time later, the driver refused to yield and sped off, running a red light in the process, Lt. Jason Vickery said.

Within moments, the teen driving the pickup lost control of it, sending the vehicle careening off the street and into a palm tree alongside Alton Drive. Three occupants then jumped out of the truck and ran off, but soon were detained along with the other four, Vickery said.

Medics took them to a hospital for evaluation and treatment of injuries of undetermined severity, said Sonny Saghera of Heartland Fire & Rescue.