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Car Plows Into California Aqueduct

February 19, 2003

PEARBLOSSOM, Calif. (AP) _ A car carrying at least five people, including four children, crashed through a fence and into the California Aqueduct, where it sank Wednesday. All five victims pulled from the water were critically injured, authorities said.

The swift-moving water in the aqueduct, which carries water from Northern to Southern California, was shut off so divers could search the submerged car for any sign of additional victims, Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Roland Sprewell said.

Firefighters were called about 7 a.m. but didn’t know what time the car went into the water, he said.

All five victims were in ``full arrest, no pulse and no breathing″ by the time rescuers pulled them from the aqueduct, said Inspector Ed Osorio of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. No identities were released.

Tire tracks in the dirt showed how the car had veered off Highway 138 before hitting the fence and then going into the aqueduct about 70 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert.

The car was submerged in 15 to 20 feet of water a few hundred feet from Pearblossom Highway, a busy roadway used by travelers going between Los Angeles area and Las Vegas.

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