Three dead and multiple injured after car plows onto sidewalk in San Diego

Three people are dead and five others have been rushed to hospital after a 71-year-old male driver suspected of being impaired plowed into them on a sidewalk in San Diego, California.

The crash occurred just before 9am on Monday under an overpass that runs underneath the San Diego City College campus that is filled with homeless tents.

The driver – only identified as a 71-year-old man – has since been detained under suspicion of driving while ‘impaired’.     

The man appeared to lose control of his Volvo station wagon prior to the crash, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said. 

‘For whatever reason, (the driver) veered to the right, went up on the sidewalk, struck multiple pedestrians there and then came back on to the roadway,’ Nisleit said. 

Three people are dead and five others have been rushed to hospital after a 71-year-old male driver suspected of being impaired plowed into them on a sidewalk in San Diego, California on Monday morning

Three people are dead and five others have been rushed to hospital after a 71-year-old male driver suspected of being impaired plowed into them on a sidewalk in San Diego, California on Monday morning

Three people are dead and five others have been rushed to hospital after a 71-year-old male driver suspected of being impaired plowed into them on a sidewalk in San Diego, California on Monday morning

The crash occurred just before 9am on Monday under an overpass that runs underneath the San Diego City College campus that is filled with homeless tents

The crash occurred just before 9am on Monday under an overpass that runs underneath the San Diego City College campus that is filled with homeless tents

The crash occurred just before 9am on Monday under an overpass that runs underneath the San Diego City College campus that is filled with homeless tents

Police officials load the body of a homeless man into a coroners van after a vehicle plowed through a homeless encampment

Police officials load the body of a homeless man into a coroners van after a vehicle plowed through a homeless encampment

Police officials load the body of a homeless man into a coroners van after a vehicle plowed through a homeless encampment

The driver identified himself to police before being taken into custody. Authorities initially said he had tried to flee the scene. 

Three people died at the scene. 

Five of the six others who were injured were taken to hospitals. 

The exact conditions of the injured pedestrians is not yet known but at least two are believed to be in critical conditions.  

It wasn’t immediately clear who was among the victims but homeless people are known to set up camp in the tunnel. 

Images from the scene showed remnants of tents strewn across the underpass following the crash.  

Three people died at the scene. Five of the six others who were injured were taken to hospitals

Three people died at the scene. Five of the six others who were injured were taken to hospitals

Three people died at the scene. Five of the six others who were injured were taken to hospitals

It wasn't immediately clear who was among the injured but homeless people are known to set up camp in the tunnel

It wasn't immediately clear who was among the injured but homeless people are known to set up camp in the tunnel

It wasn’t immediately clear who was among the injured but homeless people are known to set up camp in the tunnel

It wasn't immediately clear who was among the injured but homeless people are known to set up camp in the tunnel. Images from the scene showed remnants of tents strewn across the underpass following the crash

It wasn't immediately clear who was among the injured but homeless people are known to set up camp in the tunnel. Images from the scene showed remnants of tents strewn across the underpass following the crash

It wasn’t immediately clear who was among the injured but homeless people are known to set up camp in the tunnel. Images from the scene showed remnants of tents strewn across the underpass following the crash

The crash occurred in a tunnel that runs underneath the San Diego City College in California just before 9am on Monday

The crash occurred in a tunnel that runs underneath the San Diego City College in California just before 9am on Monday

The crash occurred in a tunnel that runs underneath the San Diego City College in California just before 9am on Monday

Nisleit said homeless people may have moved under the bridge to get out of the rain just before the car plowed through there. 

‘I don’t know if people were sleeping or people were sitting there,’ he said. 

The driver got out of his car and tried to help people before identifying himself to police, Nisleit said.

‘He was cooperative, (and) did not try to run away,’ the chief said, correcting earlier reports from police that he had tried to flee.  

Multiple ambulances, five fire engines, a helicopter and more than 60 first-responders rushed to the scene near San Diego City College where on a typical weekday morning it is a busy area with students walking by.

‘Our crews found, obviously, a tragic incident under the bridge,’ San Diego Fire Department Chief Colin Stowell said. 

The driver - only identified as a 71-year-old man - has since been detained under suspicion of driving while 'impaired'

The driver - only identified as a 71-year-old man - has since been detained under suspicion of driving while 'impaired'

The driver – only identified as a 71-year-old man – has since been detained under suspicion of driving while ‘impaired’

Multiple ambulances, five fire engines, a helicopter and more than 60 first-responders rushed to the scene near San Diego City College where on a typical weekday morning it is a busy area with students walking by

Multiple ambulances, five fire engines, a helicopter and more than 60 first-responders rushed to the scene near San Diego City College where on a typical weekday morning it is a busy area with students walking by

Multiple ambulances, five fire engines, a helicopter and more than 60 first-responders rushed to the scene near San Diego City College where on a typical weekday morning it is a busy area with students walking by

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