8 injured in Nevada City soap box derby

2:32 PM, Jul 4, 2013   |    comments
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News10 provided live online coverage of this story earlier today. Watch the video above for more details.

UPDATE 3:22 p.m.: Here's what the Associated Press is reporting about the crash:

Fire officials say eight people were injured when a canoe that was converted into a gravity-powered car crashed at a Northern California summer camp.

The crash at Camp Augusta in Nevada City occurred around noon on Thursday. Nevada City is about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento.

The injured included teens. Grass Valley Fire Battalion Chief Mark Buttron says two of the injured were transported via air ambulance with moderate injuries. Buttron says the others either went to the hospital by ground ambulance or in private vehicles with bumps, bruises and scrapes.

Buttron says he does not know exactly what led to the crash, but the non-motorized canoe was carrying the eight people and going downhill. It was overturned when crews arrived at the scene.

UPDATE 2:22 p.m.: Cal Fire now says there were eight people injured in a Soap Box derby accident at Camp Augusta outside of Nevada City. Five people were taken to hospitals by emergency crews. Details about the accident are still not available.

UPDATE 1:24 p.m.: Here's Camp Augusta 's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/camp.augusta

And here is its web site: http://www.campaugusta.org/

UPDATE 1:19 p.m.: Each of the five people injured are younger than 14, Cal Fire said. Details about the accident are not immediately available.

UPDATE 1:08 p.m.: Five people have been injured in a Soap Box derby accident at Camp Augusta outside of Nevada City, according to Cal Fire. Two of the injuries are critical, and victims are being transported via helicopter to local hospitals. Two other individuals suffered moderate injuries, while another person has minor injuries.

The accident occurred just before noon. News10 is on its way to the camp.

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