Woman killed in early morning crash; 2 young kids, 2 men hurt

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
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Car seats saved kids' lives

PHOENIX -- A woman was killed and four other people, including two young children, were injured in an early morning crash in Phoenix.

It happened at Seventh Street and Northern Avenue shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Aerial video from Chopper 3 showed a pickup truck and a car, both severely damaged. Debris was scattered all over the roadway.

According to authorities, 30-year-old Tina Samora was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two children, a boy and a girl both younger than 5, and two men in their 30s were taken to local hospitals. Their conditions were not immediately available, but emergency responders say all of them are expected to survive.

According to Phoenix Fire Capt. Larry Nuñez, one of the men had been driving the pickup. The other four victims were in the car. Samora was driving.

While it's not clear if the adults in the car were wearing seat belts, Nuñez said it looks like the kids were in car seats. He said those car seats probably saved their lives.

Police say the car was heading east on Northern Avenue when the driver ran a red light. The pickup, which had the green light, T-boned the car.

At this point, investigators do not believe impairment was a factor in the crash, but they have yet to definitively rule it out.

Residents of the area told 3TV's Javier Soto that the intersection where this happened is a dangerous one, claiming there is at least one bad accident there every week.

Seventh Street and Northern Avenue will remain closed for at least a couple of hours. 3TV traffic reporter Gina Maravilla advised drivers to avoid the area and use  Seventh Avenue, Central Avenue, 12th Street and 16th Street as north-south alternates.

"Anything but Seventh Street," she said.

For east-west travel, Maravilla suggested Dunlap Avenue as a way to get around the closure. She also said that drivers on the State Route 51 should exit at Glendale Avenue.