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Students Injured In Traffic Accident Near USC Identified

Two of the four students struck the car accident at Jefferson Street and McClintock Avenue have been identified.

UPDATE | March 2, 2015: The 24-year-old victim who remains in the hospital was identified as Tong Tong, a third-year graduate student at the USC School of Architecture. She has regained consciousness and is still in the hospital. Medical personnel are feeling positive about her recovery, according to the dean of the school.

Wei Du was one of the other students struck and identified. The second-year graduate student was treated and released at the scene.


A traffic accident at Jefferson and McClintock Thursday around noon left four students injured. A sedan plowed into a traffic sign and knocked it down, striking the USC students.

Three of the victims were treated at the scene and released, while Tong Tong, a 24-year-old graduate student in the School of Architecture, was critically injured and hospitalized. She has since regained consciousness and medical personnel are feeling "positive" about her recovery, according to the dean of the school.

The driver of the car, a 23-year-old woman, had a medical emergency and was taken to a hospital.

The area was closed off for at least five hours.

At around 6 p.m., the streets were reopened and students were sent an alert saying they could approach the area.

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