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Worker buried after trench collapse at construction site in Lake Forest

Orange County Fire Authority firefighters were searching for the body of a construction worker who was buried in a construction site accident in Lake Forest on Wednesday, authorities said.

The worker is believed to have been buried at a construction site at the intersection of Glenn Ranch Road and Viejo Ridge when a trench on the site collapsed at 3 p.m., said OCFA Capt. Larry Kurtz. Backhoes were digging in the area when the ground caved in, he said.

At 5:30 p.m., OCFA crews and other assisting agencies were using heavy equipment to carefully clear and stabilize the trench, after which teams would move in and begin clearing the dirt by hand.

The search was expected to take at least another hour, but could potentially last several more, Kurtz said.

This is a developing story.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/09/worker-buried-after-trench-collapse-at-construction-site-in-lake-forest/

Fire caused by dryer displaces up to 15 residents in Garden Grove

A fire in Garden Grove on Tuesday afternoon could displace as many as 15 people, authorities said.

The Garden Grove Fire Department responded to the 13700 block of Dawson Street just before noon and found a single story house on fire. The home had been significantly modified, which presented difficulties in accessing the fire, said Capt. Thanh Nguyen of the GGFD.

Nobody was in the house at the time the fire started, Nguyen said – an investigation indicated the fire was caused accidentally by an unspecified failure of a dryer that was left unattended in the home.

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It took nearly an hour for the fire to be brought under control; no injuries were reported either to residents or firefighters.

The damage caused by the blaze is estimated at $150,000 to the structure itself plus $40,000 more for its contents, a GGFD news release said.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/08/fire-caused-by-dryer-displaces-up-to-15-residents-in-garden-grove/

1 person sent to the hospital after 2-car collision in Laguna Niguel

A two-car collision on Tuesday afternoon in Laguna Niguel sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries and was expected to close down roads for several hours, authorities said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash at 2:05 p.m. at the intersection of Golden Lantern and Dunes, said Ray Grangoff, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Between the two cars involved, only one person was sent to the hospital – he had serious injuries, Grangoff said, but no further update on his condition was available.

The Sheriff Department’s Major Accident Reconstruction team was still on the scene investigating as of 3:45 p.m. – it was expected that southbound Golden Lantern would be closed between St. Christopher and Dunes for several more hours, Grangoff said.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/08/1-person-sent-to-the-hospital-after-2-car-collision-in-laguna-niguel/

Pedestrian injured in Huntington Beach collision, traffic slows down on PCH

A pedestrian was injured in a collision with a car Saturday evening in Huntington Beach and was sent to the hospital, slowing down traffic while police investigated.

The collision took place at 7:12 p.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, said Huntington Beach Sgt. Jeff Goodspeed.

It wasn’t immediately unknown what caused the collision. A description of the pedestrian, who was sent to the hospital, was also not immediately available. Information on the pedestrian’s injuries was not immediately available.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/05/pedestrian-injured-in-huntington-beach-collision-traffic-slows-down-on-pch/

Anaheim police catch hit-and-run suspect with help from public

Kelven Ta, 47, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of a hit and run the prior weekend in Anaheim after a member of the public identified his car and alerted authorities, police said. (Courtesy of the Anaheim Police Department)
Kelven Ta, 47, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of a hit and run the prior weekend in Anaheim after a member of the public identified his car and alerted authorities, police said. (Courtesy of the Anaheim Police Department)

A suspect in a fatal hit-and-run that took place Saturday, April 28 in Anaheim was caught Thursday, May 3, by Anaheim police with help from the public, authorities said.

The suspect, Kelven Ta, 47, was arrested Thursday after a tip from the public led Anaheim police to his vehicle in the 2100 block of West Juno Avenue, a police release said.

Anaheim police responded to Brookhurst Street south of Ball Road at 9:48 p.m. Saturday to find a 54-year-old man dead in the road – evidence suggested he had been hit by a car, but the driver and vehicle had already fled the scene, police said.

Police asked for the public’s help, mentioning the suspected car was silver and missing its driver’s side mirror, which led to a member of the public finding the vehicle and tipping off the authorities.

Ta was booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run at the Anaheim Detention Facility and released on $100,000 bail pending court proceedings, the release said.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/05/03/anaheim-police-catch-hit-and-run-suspect-with-help-from-public/

Bicyclist struck, killed by car in Orange; surrounding roads to be closed for hours

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a car in Orange on Thursday evening, April 26, and roads were expected to be closed for several hours as police investigated, authorities said.

Around 5:30 p.m., a bicyclist headed west on Santa Ana Canyon Road was hit by a car driving north on Orange Olive Road, Orange police Lt. Mike Monjaraz said. The rider, whose identity was not immediately released, was killed in the collision.

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The driver remained on the scene and was cooperating with police; all aspects of the incident were still under investigation as of 6:20 p.m., Monjaraz said.

While the investigation continued, the surrounding roads were closed, including all lanes of Orange Olive Road between Riverdale and Lincoln Avenues, as well as all westbound lanes of Santa Ana Canyon Road at Ramona Street.

This is a developing story.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/26/bicyclist-struck-killed-by-car-in-orange-surrounding-roads-to-be-closed-for-hours/

Elderly Irvine woman found dead after being swept out to sea in Laguna Beach

After hours of searching, rescuers found the body of an elderly woman who was swept out to sea near Victoria Point in Laguna Beach on Wednesday evening, police said.

The search began after an Irvine couple in their 70s walking near Victoria Point were swept out to sea by strong waves and current, Laguna Beach Police Department Sgt. Jim Cota said. Police announced the woman was missing at 8:10 p.m.

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A man with her had been quickly rescued, but the woman remained out of sight until 10 p.m., when her body was recovered from the water.

Laguna Beach Marine Safety crews combed the area for two hours along with the Laguna Beach police and fire departments, the Coast Guard, Orange County Fire Authority and Orange County Sheriff’s Department. A helicopter had also been called in to assist in the search.

The woman’s name was not immediately released.

“Thanks to all the agencies involved. We offer our condolences to the family,” Cota said.

 

 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/25/authorities-search-for-elderly-woman-swept-out-to-sea-in-laguna-beach/

3 people rescued from apartment balcony in Fullerton fire

Three people were rescued from a blaze on East Imperial Highway in Fullerton before their apartment burned on Monday, authorities said.

  • Ladders lead up to a second story balcony as firefighters cleanup after a two-alarm fire at the North Hills Apartment complex in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Ladders lead up to a second story balcony as firefighters cleanup after a two-alarm fire at the North Hills Apartment complex in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A firefighter cleans up the inside of a gutted apartment after a two-alarm fire at the North Hills Apartment complex in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A firefighter cleans up the inside of a gutted apartment after a two-alarm fire at the North Hills Apartment complex in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Residents survey the damage as firefighters cleanup after a two-alarm fire at the North Hills Apartment complex in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Residents survey the damage as firefighters cleanup after a two-alarm fire at the North Hills Apartment complex in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Residents walk past ladders after a two-alarm fire at the North Hills Apartment complex in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Residents walk past ladders after a two-alarm fire at the North Hills Apartment complex in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Several rescues were made during a two-alarm fire at the North Hills Apartment complex in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Several rescues were made during a two-alarm fire at the North Hills Apartment complex in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Paramedics stand by as firefighters cleanup after a two-alarm fire at the North Hills Apartment complex in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Paramedics stand by as firefighters cleanup after a two-alarm fire at the North Hills Apartment complex in Fullerton on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Fullerton and Brea fire units were the first to arrive in response to a 2:45 p.m. call of a fire at an apartment complex at 652 East Imperial Highway.

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Firefighters swiftly threw ladders against a second floor balcony and saved two adults and a child from the flames, said Kathy Schaefer, Division Chief of the Fullerton and Brea Fire Departments.

Due to the fast response, none of the people rescued suffered smoke inhalation or any other injuries and did not need to go the hospital, Schaefer said.

Within 17 minutes of units arriving, the fire was extinguished, Schaefer said.

The blaze started as a cooking fire and ultimately burned the apartment, Schaefer said – the unit below suffered water and smoke damage.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/25/3-people-rescued-from-apartment-balcony-in-fullerton-fire/

South OC trains halted after person is struck, killed on tracks in Oceanside

South Orange County trains were halted Tuesday evening when a person was struck and killed in Oceanside, authorities said.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at 7:57 of a pedestrian being struck by an Amtrak train near Surfrider and North Cleveland Street, said Lt. Matthew Glisson of the SDCSD. The area is south of San Clemente.

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The pedestrian was declared dead on the scene. The death was still being investigated late Monday night.

The incident closed the tracks, causing delays for Metrolink  and Amtrak service in parts of Orange and San Diego counties.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/24/south-oc-trains-halted-after-person-is-struck-killed-on-tracks-in-oceanside/

Santa Ana Police Department looking for missing boy

The Santa Ana Police Department was looking Monday evening for a missing child who was last seen at the corner of Fairview and 5th Street earlier in the afternoon.

Luciano Josue, a 12-year-old Hispanic boy with black hair, was wearing a black and grey hooded sweatshirt, black and white checkered shoes and black basketball shorts when he was last seen, a police news release said.

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Luciano did not attend school on Monday. After school had already started, he was dropped off at school by his uncle, but still did not go to class, the release said.

Those with information on Luciano’s whereabouts can call 714-245-8701.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/23/santa-ana-police-department-looking-for-missing-boy/

Lake Elsinore man hit by train in Dana Point saved his wife with his final breath

Those close to Ernest Gibson agreed he was in fantastic shape for a 71-year-old man. The Lake Elsinore resident did 200 pushups a day and taught Taekwondo – some joked that he would live forever.

On Monday, Ernest Gibson poured his remaining years in to a push that saved his wife’s life – he was hit by a train less than a second later.

With an occasionally faltering voice, his wife for 37 years, Jacqueline Gibson, told the story of her husband’s sacrifice.

The couple had planned a nice vacation from their busy lives – they set up in a Dana Point RV campground and were planning to spend a few weeks playing Frisbee, riding bikes and enjoying each other’s company.

On the day of the accident, the pair had just finished a stroll to their nearby timeshare. On their way back to the campground, they noticed a gathering of transients beneath an overpass and decided to change their path and cut across the train tracks instead.

They felt the tracks for vibrations and listened for any sign of a train – there was no sight, no sound and no sensation, so they started across.

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Just as they reached the middle of the tracks, Gibson heard her husband shout “The train! Run!”

That was the last she heard of him.

Seemingly from nowhere, the train was instantly upon them, blasting its horn only when it was less than a second from striking them, Gibson said.

In the chaos, she didn’t feel the push that saved her life.

Finding herself on the other side of the tracks, Gibson looked behind her for her husband. He wasn’t there. She looked beneath the passing train to catch a glimpse of his legs — they weren’t there. Soon, she found his shoes — and as the train moved past, she found her husband 20 feet away. He was already dead.

After passersby called 911 and sheriff’s deputies arrived, Gibson said she heard from investigators that video from the train showed her husband pushing her out of the way. It was typical of him, she said.

“He’s my hero,” she said. “He just put me first; it’s just the way he was towards me all the time. Always protective — even when we walked on a sidewalk he’d make me walk on the inside. It was just heroic.”

Metrolink officials said following the incident that Gibson and her husband were walking in a restricted area. Gibson says there was no indication that the area was off-limits – no signs, no security and no fences.

She said she wonders why it’s so easy for pedestrians to wander in to such a place – and why the train didn’t so much as blow its horn until it was already far too late.

In addition to the heartbreak she feels, Gibson said she’s now worried how simple it would be for others — especially children — to stroll in to the same place that took her husband’s life.

“I kind of wish we had both gone, because the misery is so bad,” she said. “I’m so mad they don’t have fences up on that side. They put them on the beach side but not where they tell everybody to walk. Then they call it a restricted area.”

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/20/lake-elsinore-man-hit-by-train-in-dana-point-saved-his-wife-with-his-final-breath/

2-minute pursuit in Huntington Beach ends with 2 arrests

A speedy pursuit ended Thursday afternoon in nearly the same place it started in Huntington Beach, and police arrested two suspects, authorities said.

At 4:33 p.m., police responded to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle near the intersection of Goldenwest Street and Edinger Avenue. When officers attempted to make contact with the driver, the car sped off, said HBPD Officer Angela Bennett.

Police then pursued the car in a chase that lasted only two minutes and ended when the car crashed near the same intersection. There were two people in the car – both were arrested, with one going to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. It was not immediately known why the pair fled from police, or what the condition of the hospitalized suspect was.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/19/2-minute-pursuit-in-huntington-beach-ends-with-two-arrests/

One dead and another hospitalized after being hit by train in Dana Point

Two people were struck by a passenger train in Dana Point, killing one, while in an area closed to pedestrians on Monday, Metrolink officials said.

At 4 p.m. Monday, Metrolink’s OC train 609 was traveling from Oceanside to Los Angeles  when it struck two people – the incident did not take place at a crossing, said Metrolink Public Information Officer Chris Gutierrez.

One person died from the impact, the other person survived but information on that person’s condition wasn’t immediately available, Gutierrez said.

Pedestrians are not allowed in the area where the two were struck – it was not immediately known what the two were doing there, Gutierrez said.

Trains were delayed for more than two hours while the incident was investigated – alternative transportation was provided to the train’s 64 passengers.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/16/one-dead-and-another-hospitalized-after-being-hit-by-train-in-dana-point/

Tustin cheerleading booster club member suspected of inappropriate contact with underage girl

A 50-year-old member of the Tustin High School Cheer Booster Club was arrested Wednesday for allegedly engaging in inappropriate conversations with a female juvenile, authorities said.

The suspect, Patrick Thomas of Tustin, is suspected to have made inappropriate contact with an underage girl, including text messages and conversations, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department release said.

During its investigation, the Sheriff’s Department discovered Thomas had been accused of similar activity a few years ago, the release said.

Given his connection to the cheerleading booster club, investigators believe there may be more victims and are seeking additional information. Anyone with information on possible victims can call investigators at 714-647-7064.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/12/tustin-cheerleading-booster-club-member-suspected-of-inappropriate-contact-with-underage-girl/

Huntington Beach crash kills a man, injures three people

One person was dead and three more hospitalized Wednesday night after a two-car crash at Yorktown Avenue and Main Street in Huntington Beach, authorities said.

Huntington Beach police responded to calls of a crash at 7:36 p.m. to find three people injured and one person fatally injured, said Officer Angela Bennett, police spokeswoman.

Police closed the intersection of Yorktown and Main for several hours following the accident.

The identity of the person killed was not immediately released. Police said in a statement he was a man, 46, driving a Porsche 911.

Police said it appeared the Porsche was traveling west on Yorktown and a Ford Mustang was making a northbound turn on Main from Yorktown when the vehicles collided.

The  20-year-old male Mustang driver and his two passengers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.

No arrests had been made as of late Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the collision was asked to contact Huntington Beach Police accident investigators at 714-536-5670 or 714-536-5666.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/12/huntington-beach-crash-kills-one-person-sends-several-more-to-hospitals/

Orange Police Department super dog Bosco euthanized after contracting illness

Spirits were down at the Orange Police Department on Thursday as officers mourned the loss of one of their top K-9 officers, Bosco, who was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said.

Bosco, a 9-year-old German Shepherd, joined the OPD in August 2013. In less than 5 years of service, Bosco participated in more than 500 searches and racked up more than 60 arrests, including a number of dramatic pursuit finales. He also assisted in recovering large amounts of illegal narcotics and currency, said Orange police Sgt. Phil McMullin.

  • Orange police K-9 Bosco enjoys a pet on the head during a visit at Chapman University. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

    Orange police K-9 Bosco enjoys a pet on the head during a visit at Chapman University. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

  • Orange police K-9 Bosco visits with student at Chapman University. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

    Orange police K-9 Bosco visits with student at Chapman University. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

  • Orange police K-9 Bosco gives a bite demonstration at Chapman University. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

    Orange police K-9 Bosco gives a bite demonstration at Chapman University. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

  • Orange police K-9 Bosco poses on the back of a patrol car. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

    Orange police K-9 Bosco poses on the back of a patrol car. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

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Late Wednesday night, Bosco was demonstrating flu-like symptoms and was taken to the vet. Within hours, he was taken to an emergency room in Yorba Linda and it was discovered he had a severe medical condition. The situation was assessed and a tough call was made to have him euthanized, McMullin said.

“He is a super star. He’s loved by everybody at the department – not just the officers, but our volunteers and our non-sworn,” McMullin said. “He was somebody that was respected by a lot of people at our PD.”

The beloved police pup had made headlines in February for helping take down a pursuit suspect – during that confrontation, Bosco took several punches to the head. McMullin said this case was not connected to his medical condition.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/05/city-of-orange-police-super-dog-bosco-euthanized-after-contracting-illness/

Orange Police Department super dog Bosco euthanized after contracting illness

Spirits were down at the Orange Police Department on Thursday as officers mourned the loss of one of their top K-9 officers, Bosco, who was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said.

Bosco, a 9-year-old German Shepherd, joined the OPD in August 2013. In less than 5 years of service, Bosco participated in more than 500 searches and racked up more than 60 arrests, including a number of dramatic pursuit finales. He also assisted in recovering large amounts of illegal narcotics and currency, said Orange police Sgt. Phil McMullin.

  • Orange police K-9 Bosco enjoys a pet on the head during a visit at Chapman University. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

    Orange police K-9 Bosco enjoys a pet on the head during a visit at Chapman University. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

  • Orange police K-9 Bosco visits with student at Chapman University. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

    Orange police K-9 Bosco visits with student at Chapman University. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

  • Orange police K-9 Bosco gives a bite demonstration at Chapman University. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

    Orange police K-9 Bosco gives a bite demonstration at Chapman University. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

  • Orange police K-9 Bosco poses on the back of a patrol car. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

    Orange police K-9 Bosco poses on the back of a patrol car. Bosco was euthanized late Wednesday after it was discovered he had a serious medical condition, police said. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

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Late Wednesday night, Bosco was demonstrating flu-like symptoms and was taken to the vet. Within hours, he was taken to an emergency room in Yorba Linda and it was discovered he had a severe medical condition. The situation was assessed and a tough call was made to have him euthanized, McMullin said.

“He is a super star. He’s loved by everybody at the department – not just the officers, but our volunteers and our non-sworn,” McMullin said. “He was somebody that was respected by a lot of people at our PD.”

The beloved police pup had made headlines in February for helping take down a pursuit suspect – during that confrontation, Bosco took several punches to the head. McMullin said this case was not connected to his medical condition.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/05/city-of-orange-police-super-dog-bosco-euthanized-after-contracting-illness/

Southbound 73 fully shut down at MacArthur after fatal crash in Irvine

A truck traveling south on the 73 Toll Road veered in to a CalTrans grader on Thursday afternoon, killing the driver and completely shutting down the freeway for hours, authorities said.

  • CHP responds to a fatality on the southbound lanes of the 73 Toll Road in Irvine. (Photo by Richard Koehler, Contributing Photographer)

    CHP responds to a fatality on the southbound lanes of the 73 Toll Road in Irvine. (Photo by Richard Koehler, Contributing Photographer)

  • CHP responds to a fatality on the southbound lanes of the 73 Toll Road in Irvine. (Photo by Richard Koehler, Contributing Photographer)

    CHP responds to a fatality on the southbound lanes of the 73 Toll Road in Irvine. (Photo by Richard Koehler, Contributing Photographer)

  • CHP responds to a fatality on the southbound lanes of the 73 Toll Road in Irvine. (Photo by Richard Koehler, Contributing Photographer)

    CHP responds to a fatality on the southbound lanes of the 73 Toll Road in Irvine. (Photo by Richard Koehler, Contributing Photographer)

  • CHP responds to a fatality on the southbound lanes of the 73 Toll Road in Irvine. (Photo by Richard Koehler, Contributing Photographer)

    CHP responds to a fatality on the southbound lanes of the 73 Toll Road in Irvine. (Photo by Richard Koehler, Contributing Photographer)

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For yet unknown reasons, the Ford F-250 swerved into the center divide, where a CalTrans grader and crew were working on repairs. The truck slammed in to the back of the grader, killing the driver — the only person in the car, said California Highway Patrol Officer Paul Fox.

The victim is a 30-year-old Hispanic male whose identity was not immediately released.

Immediately after the crash, an SUV traveling behind the Ford crashed in to debris left by the initial crash, Fox said. One passenger was transported to the hospital with minor injuries; the driver was not injured.

No CalTrans employees were injured in the crash.

By 3:15 p.m., the southbound 73 was still completely closed down while officers investigated. Traffic was being diverted off the freeway at MacArthur, with the next available on ramp at Newport coast.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/05/southbound-73-fully-shut-down-at-macarthur-after-fatal-crash-in-irvine/

Seal Beach man shot and injured — suspect surrenders

A Seal Beach resident was shot several times in the leg and sent to the hospital Wednesday evening in Seal Beach, police said.

Police responded to the 300 block of 16th Street at 7:30 p.m. to find a man had been shot several times in the leg and the suspect had fled the scene, said Seal Beach Police Sgt. Michael Henderson.

The victim was transported to the UCI Medical Center; his injuries were not life threatening, Henderson said.

The suspect, identified as Mark Sickler, 54 of Seal Beach, later drove to the Seal Beach Police Department and surrendered to police. He was being held at the station on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/04/04/seal-beach-man-shot-and-injured-suspect-surrenders/

Trash can fires at Mission Viejo High School being investigated

Arson investigators are looking in to two fires started in trash cans on Wednesday night at Mission Viejo High School.

The Orange County Fire Authority responded to a report of a structure fire at the school and arrived to find the fires already put out with fire extinguishers by people at the scene, OCFA Capt. Larry Kurtz said.

Though the flames were swiftly extinguished and nobody was injured, the fires caused about $3,000 in damage to one of the school’s buildings, Kurtz said.

On Thursday afternoon, OCFA arson investigators were looking in to the fires and interviewing people from the school. No further details were available at the time.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/03/29/trash-can-fires-at-mission-viejo-high-school-being-investigated/