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Three injured in Highway 98 rear-end collision

March 27, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

Three people were injured when the vehicle they were traveling in was rear-ended Monday evening.

Martha Rivera, 42, of Mexicali, was driving west on Highway 98 shortly after 7 p.m. Monday when she slowed her sedan almost to a complete stop to make a left turn on Kemp Road, according to a CHP press release.

Noelia Castro, 20, of Calexico, was driving behind Rivera and failed to see that Rivera was slowing to make a turn and the front end of her vehicle collided with the rear of Rivera's, the press release states.

Rivera sustained moderate injuries including pain to the head, back and left leg. A 13-year-old male passenger from Mexicali sustained a head injury. Miguel Rivera, 43, also of Mexicali, had minor injuries including pain to his left arm and head.

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All three were transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center, said CHP Officer Roland Pritchard.

Castro was uninjured.

In an unrelated collision, a 16-year-old El Centro boy escaped serious injury Monday evening when the car he was driving went into a canal off Austin Road.

According to a California Highway Patrol press release, the boy was driving south on Austin Road, south of Keystone Road, around 6:15 p.m. when his car drifted off the east side of Austin after he apparently fell asleep.

The boy overcorrected to his right and the car slid across the road and went into a canal on the west side of Austin.

The boy, who was alone in the car, sustained minor cuts to his arms and a sore neck. He was not transported for medical treatment.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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