2 vans carrying University of Washington students collide north of Camp Roberts

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comFebruary 24, 2012 

Four University of Washington students traveling to Santa Maria had to be hospitalized Friday afternoon when two vans they were riding in collided on southbound Highway 101 just north of Camp Roberts.

Just before 12:30 p.m., the CHP office in King City received a report that two vans traveling side-by-side collided, breaking van windows and sending one van to the highway’s right shoulder and the other into the center median, where it overturned, authorities said.

Two students who were ejected from the overturned van had moderate injuries and were flown to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton and Community Medical Centers in Fresno, according to the CHP.

Two other students inside the overturned van were taken via ambulance to Twin Cities. The severity of their injuries was not available.

The two vehicles that crashed were part of a three-van group of 33 university students heading to Santa Maria for a conference, according to the CHP.

The third van was not involved in the crash, officials said.

The victims’ names, their specific injuries and the condition of the other students were not immediately available.

The students, undergraduates from the university’s Foster School of Business, belonged to an organization that connects American students with internships abroad, as well as foreign students with internships in the U.S., university spokesman Bob Roseth said. The students were headed to the organization’s regional conference.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

Drugs and alcohol don’t appear to be a factor, authorities said. The vans’ speed has not yet been determined.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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