Updated: Five hospitalized after vehicle rollover

Police investigate the scene of the single-vehicle accident on

A 30-year-old man was flown to the hospital with major internal
injuries after a single-vehicle rollover accident, police said.
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A 30-year-old man was flown to the hospital with major internal injuries after a single-vehicle rollover accident, police said.

Five of the six occupants of the 1995 Ford Explorer, including a 4-year-old girl who suffered head trauma, were taken to area hospitals after the vehicle left the east side of U.S. 101 near the Middle Avenue overpass while traveling northbound. The accident happened about 11:47 a.m. Thursday.

All the vehicle’s occupants were Gilroy residents, California Highway Patrol office Jaime Rios said. Two were children – the 4-year-old and a 1-year-old girl who was taken by ambulance to San Jose Regional Hospital as a precaution with no visible injuries. The 4-year-old was taken to the same hospital.

After rolling over, the vehicle came to rest upside down in a flood channel running parallel to the freeway, about 75 feet from the edge of the road, Rios said. The vehicle careened through a barbed wire fence between the roadway and the channel.

The driver of the vehicle, Lanina Aguirre, 28, told police she heard a “pop” sound from one of the tires, and then she lost control of the Explorer, Rios said. Shredded tire fragments littered the side of the freeway where the car left the road.

A patch of burning grass resulting from the accident was extinguished by firefighters who arrived on the scene with CHP, paramedics and other emergency personnel.

A Calstar helicopter landed in the northbound lane of U.S. 101 at the scene of the accident, briefly shutting down that side of the freeway.

The helicopter carried the 30-year-old male passenger, Arthur Martinez, to San Jose Regional Hospital with unidentified internal injuries, Rios said.

Also suffering major injuries was Marlo Aguirre, 26, who was taken to Stanford hospital, police said. His injuries were unknown at press time.

Aguirre was also taken to San Jose Regional with moderate injuries including “various lacerations,” according to police.

The only occupant of the vehicle not transported from the scene via ambulance was an 18-year-old female passenger, who had a complaint of pain that did not require hospitalization, Rios said.

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