4 Wash. college students injured in Calif. crash

By the Associated Press | February 24, 2012 | 6:35 PM EST

BRADLEY, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says two vans transporting about 20 University of Washington students to a conference collided on a central coast highway, injuring four students, two seriously.

Officer Joel Newby says the vans were traveling south side by side on U.S. 101 near Bradley in Monterey County, when they crashed into each other around 12:30 p.m. Friday.

The collision sent one van into the center divider, where it rolled over. Two students were ejected through a broken window and were seriously injured. They were taken by helicopter to trauma centers.

Two other students were taken by ambulance to local hospitals.

Newby says the other van veered onto the right shoulder. The students were on their way to a conference in Santa Maria, Calif.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.