A man and two young children were seriously injured in Patterson this morning after the car they were in skidded off East Las Palmas Avenue and into a tree, authorities said.
None of the injuries suffered by the three appeared to be life-threatening, although two were airlifted to hospitals, according to Jeff Gregory, division chief for the Patterson-West Stanislaus Fire Department.
The names of the occupants — the driver, a 4-year-old in the front seat and a 2-year-old in the back — and their relationship with each other were not immediately available.
Gregory said the man was driving west on Las Palmas near Sycamore Avenue about 8:30 a.m. when for an unknown reason he crossed over the lane and hit a palm tree.
The 2-year-old, seated in the middle back seat of the Buick Park Avenue, suffered a major laceration to the forehead and was transported by helicopter to UC Davis Medical Center.
The man was airlifted to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto with chest and leg injuries. The 4-year-old, who had unknown minor injuries, was taken by ambulance to Modesto’s Doctors Medical Center, Gregory said.
Rescue workers had to cut through the roof to extricate the victims.
Las Palmas near Sycamore was closed for about 90 minutes.