Seven people, three of them children, are in the hospital after two vehicles crashed in north Phoenix Wednesday evening.
It happened at about 5 p.m. near Seventh Avenue and Bell Road.
Five of the victims were in a large Ford SUV.
According to the Phoenix Fire Department, a 3-year-old boy was thrown from that SUV. The child was "in extremely critical condition but stable upon arrival of firefighters," according to a Department spokesman.
A 2-year-old girl was found on the floorboard of the back seat of SUV. She, too, was "in extremely critical condition but stable upon arrival of firefighters."
A 2-month-old baby girl was found in an infant carrier. PFD said she was in critical but stable condition.
The two adults in the SUV -- a man and a woman -- were both listed as in stable condition.
The remaining victims -- two adults and a child -- were in a smaller SUV.
Both adults -- a man and a woman -- were in stable condition when they were taken to the hospital.
"A pediatric patient was evaluated and the child’s parent (not involved-arrived afterwards) signed a transportation refusal," the PFD spokesman wrote in an email update.
Sgt. Vince Lewis of the Phoenix Police Department said the hospital has indicated that all seven patients it is treating are expected to survive,
Lewis said it looks like the wreck was caused by a left-hand turn. The Ford SUV apparently was heading north on Seventh Avenue while the Nissan was about to turn left to go north.
Early indications are that the large SUV might have rolled.
Jake Van Hook of the Phoenix Fire Department said the wreck was initially reported as a rollover.
Lewis said there is no indication on the part of either driver.
When asked about speed, he said the extent of damage to the two SUVs indicates that speed might have been a factor in the wreck.
The investigation is still in the early stages so it's not clear if the kids in the Ford SUV were appropriately restrained.
"When an ejection, takes place there may not have been proper use of a restraining system," Lewis said.
While that has not been confirmed in this instance, both he and Van Hook stressed the importance of properly using child restraints in vehicles.
The Phoenix Fire Department is available to assist with the installation of child car seats. If you need such assistance or would like an expert to check your child seat, you can call at 602-495-KIDS (5437).
"Child safety seats are the number one thing you can do to protect your child," according to PFD's child safety seat web page.
The Phoenix Police Department also has a child safety seat hotline -- 602-534-TOTS (8687).
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