7 UW college students injured in Calif. van crash

February 24, 2012 - 10:55 PM

BRADLEY, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says two vans carrying 22 University of Washington students to a conference collided on a central coast highway Friday, injuring seven students, including two who were hurt when they were ejected from one of the vans.

Officer Joel Newby says the vans were driving south, side by side, on U.S. 101 near Bradley in Monterey County when they crashed into each other around 12:30 p.m.

The collision sent one van into the center divide, where it rolled. Two students were ejected through a broken window. The patrol initially said the two students were seriously injured but later described their injuries as moderate.

The two were taken by helicopter to trauma centers. Two other students with moderate injuries were taken by ambulance to local hospitals.

The patrol says the remaining injured students suffered minor injuries that didn't require medical treatment.

The students were on their way to a conference in Santa Maria.