3 adults, 5 children injured in two-vehicle collision


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March 14, 2005|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Eight people, including five children ages 1 to 10, were seriously injured last night when a sport utility vehicle and a van collided at an intersection outside a firehouse in Baltimore's Madison Park neighborhood, authorities said.

Four of the children and one adult were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, while the fifth child and two adults were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman.

Police Lt. John Matthews said a Honda Element sport utility vehicle was eastbound in the 500 block of McMechen St., and a Chrysler van was northbound in the 1500 block of McCulloh St. when they collided at the intersection about 9:25 p.m.

The SUV was occupied by an adult and four children, while the van carried two adults and a child, Matthews said.

The collision destroyed both vehicles and caused the SUV to land on its side, ejecting the four children - one of them disabled - onto the street in front of the firehouse, and firefighters and paramedics based there ran outside to render aid, according to Matthews and Cartwright.

"The children were all over the place," Cartwight said.

It was not known if child-safety seats were in use in the vehicles, police said.

The intersection is controlled by traffic signals, but police had not determined which vehicle was at fault as an investigation of the crash began.

Six ambulances were dispatched to transport the victims, Cartwright said.

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