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2 dead, 2 hospitalized after large rig and car crash in Ventura County

A violent accident involving a sedan and a large rig left two dead and two hospitalized in Ventura County on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The crash happened at 2:58 p.m. in the 5800 block of Grimes Canyon Road, just outside the city limits of Moorpark, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officers reported that both vehicles were on fire.

Captain Robert Welsbie, spokesperson for the Ventura County Fire Department, said units were dispatched at 3 p.m. and treated four people.

Two were pronounced dead at the scene, Welsbie said. Their age and gender were not immediately available, but it was confirmed that they were both occupants of the sedan.

The other occupant of the sedan had to be removed with tools like the jaws of life, he said.

Officer Ryan Ayers, spokesperson for the Highway Patrol’s Moorpark office, said that of the two surviving patients, one was the driver of the Peterbilt semi-trailer and the other was a passenger in the Toyota sedan.

The two were transported to hospitals by land ambulance, Ayers said. The operator of the large platform sustained moderate injuries while the passenger of the Toyota sustained serious injuries.

The officer said crews were working to finalize work at the scene and hoped to reopen the roadway in about an hour.

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