PHOENIX -- Three people were injured in a serious two-car crash that restricted a major uptown intersection.
It happened shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday at Seventh Avenue and Thomas Road.
The impact was so severe that the battery from one of the cars was dislodged and thrown almost all the way across the street.
It is not clear what happened in the moments leading up to the crash, but both cars came to rest against a light pole on the corner.
Video from the scene showed that both vehicles had extensive front-end damage, indicating that this was a head-on collision.
The three victims -- a 41-year-old woman, a 46-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man -- were transported to nearby St. Joseph's Hospital. All three were in serious condition. First responders said one of them had to be extricated.
Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department later said the victims' injuries are not life-threatening.
Northbound Seventh Avenue and eastbound Thomas Road are closed, and the traffic signals are off in all directions. Police were directing traffic through the restricted intersection.
"This is quite the mess out here," 3TV's Javier Soto said.
3TV traffic reporter Gina Maravilla advised drivers to avoid the area while police investigate and crews clear the scene. She suggested Central and 19th avenues as north-south alternates and Indian School and McDowell roads as east-west alternates.
It is not clear how long the traffic restrictions will be in place.
Serious injury accident: 7th Ave & Thomas. 3 people taken to hospital. Alt: 19thAve,Central,McDowell,IndSchool. pic.twitter.com/Ui1RXkJf8s— Gina Maravilla (@GinaMaravillaTV) August 20, 2014