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10 people in 8-seat SUV, half of them children, injured in Sutter crash, CHP says

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Be prepared when you hit the road. Here are some quick tips on what to do if you are in a car accident.

Ten Sacramentans, including five children, riding in a 1996 Chevy Suburban were injured when their SUV flipped on Saturday night in rural Sutter County, authorities say.

The Suburban's right rear tire tread separated at about 7:23 p.m. on northbound Highway 99, 0.8 miles north of Striplin Road, according to a California Highway Patrol media release.

Driver Ariana Jimenez, 28, took her foot off the accelerator and tried to steer the Suburban over to the road's right shoulder, but swung back sharply to the left when the vehicle began leaving the roadway, causing it to overturn, the CHP said.

Ten people were packed into the eight-seat SUV. Nineteen-year-old David Loza, seated in the middle row's left seat, was ejected from the vehicle along with a 1-year-old infant he had been holding on his lap, the news release said. Loza suffered neck and back fractures; the infant had facial and head lacerations but was otherwise unharmed.

Jimenez was trapped in the driver's seat, suffered possible neck and back injuries and had to be freed using the jaws of life. The remaining seven passengers had cuts and complained of back and knee pain. All were hospitalized, and neither the infant nor the 5- and 6-year-old girls inside the SUV were in child seats, the CHP said.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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