22 police recruits hit by a vehicle in California

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Twenty-two police recruits were struck by a vehicle in Whittier, Southern California, on Wednesday morning, and five of them are in critical condition, multiple US media reported.

The driver struck into the large group practicing for the race, authorities said.

The crash happened near the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Training Academy. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Los Angeles County Fire Captain Sheila Kelliher said 22 recruits were running when the accident happened. Five were in critical condition.

The cadets usually run in groups through the streets, with traffic guards and following a vehicle.

More than a dozen ambulances responded to the scene.

The 22-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested , authorities said. He was also injured.

According to some witnesses, the vehicle never slowed down.