Feb 24, 2012 6:21 PM by Shelby Rhodes

4 UW students heading to Santa Maria injured in van crash in Monterey Co.

The California Highway Patrol says two vans transporting about 20 University of Washington students to a conference in Santa Maria collided on Highway 101 in southern Monterey County, injuring four students, two seriously. Three of those hurt were transported to Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton.

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

The collision sent one van into the center divider, where it rolled over. Two students were ejected through a broken window and seriously injured. One was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Fresno, another was airlifted to Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton.

Two other students were taken by ambulance to Twin Cities Hospital as well.

Newby says the other van veered onto the right shoulder. The students were on their way to a conference in Santa Maria.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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