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Local emergency crews were stretched thin Monday, responding to
two Hollister school children who were hit by separate vehicles
along with two other crashes.
Hollister – Local emergency crews were stretched thin Monday, responding to two Hollister school children who were hit by separate vehicles along with two other crashes.

Hollister Police Department Chief Jeff Miller helped direct traffic while firefighters provided medical help to a 15-year-old Hollister girl who had been hit by a small car at the intersection of East and Fourth streets Monday afternoon.

“I wish I could say today was an anomaly, but it’s not,” Miller said.

Miller said there have been an increase in the number of emergencies – ranging from fights to crashes to in-progress burglaries – on Mondays in the city.

The chief said it underscores how busy emergency crews have been lately, not just on Mondays.

Also on Monday morning, a man was flown to an area hospital after a crash on Highway 156 near the bridge that crosses the San Benito River, the California Highway Patrol reported.

A rescue crew from the Hollister Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to free the trapped man.

Information about how the crash occurred and the condition and age of the man were not available from the CHP as of press time Monday.

The roadway was closed for about 40 minutes while a helicopter landed to take the man to a hospital. Hollister Police Department and San Benito County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars rerouted vehicles onto San Juan-Hollister Road and Highway 156.

Shortly after 3pm, a 12-year-old Rancho San Justo School student was hit by a car at the intersection of San Benito and Vine streets, police said.

The boy suffered moderate head injuries, lost consciousness and was flown to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, officers reported.

Emergency crews also responded to a crash at about 3:30pm near the intersection of Westside Boulevard and Fourth Street, officers reported. The crash caused unknown injuries.

A 15-year-old Hollister girl was hit by a small car at the intersection of East and Fourth streets in Hollister at about 4pm.

The Hollister Fire Department provided medical treatment before an ambulance arrived to take her to Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. She was then flown by helicopter to another hospital.

The girl lost consciousness, officers said.

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