Three people were injured Wednesday in a two-vehicle collision that required Riverside fire crews to extricate one of the victims using heavy equipment.

The crash happened about 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of California Avenue and Tyler Street, according to the Riverside Fire Department.

Battalion Chief Scott Wilson said that after the two vehicles crashed, one of them overturned, pinning the driver inside.

Two engine crews and a truck company, numbering about a dozen firefighters, were sent to the location and initiated a rescue operation, according to Wilson.

“The trapped patient was freed using the jaws of life,” he said.

The motorist suffered moderate injuries, as did one of the occupants of the second vehicle, and they were taken to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment, according to the battalion chief.

A third person suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized, he said.

The Riverside police traffic bureau is investigating the cause of the collision, which remains undetermined.

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