FAIRFIELD — A crash in front of the Solano County Government Center sent three people to the hospital late Tuesday afternoon after the Dodge Grand Caravan they were in slammed into a palm tree on Texas Street just before Jefferson Street, according to the Fairfield Police Department.
Parents watching their children at the fountain at about 4:40 p.m. said they heard a loud boom and turned around to see the westbound Grand Caravan slammed against the tree with the driver head-down on the steering wheel.
Witnesses said the Grand Caravan veered to its left and crossed the empty eastbound lane because the stop light at Jefferson Street was red at the time.
He and the two elderly looking passengers in the vehicle had moderate injuries and were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The vehicle had major damage to its front end, according to police.
Police closed off part of the intersection for a short time to allow firefighters and paramedics to treat and transport those injured in the crash.
The incident held the attention of the crowd of youngsters playing in the fountain only for a short time, with the hot weather persuading them to go back to playing in the water while the victims were being treated.
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