EAST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Two children were killed and seven others were hurt when a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SUV racing to an emergency call collided with two other vehicles at a Boyle Heights intersection Thursday night.
The accident occurred at around 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Indiana Street and Whittier Boulevard.
The sheriff’s department reports that two deputies were responding to a gunshot victim with lights and sirens when their cruiser collided into two other cars at the intersection. The momentum sent one of the vehicles careening into a group of pedestrians who were walking near a Wells Fargo branch.
Two of the pedestrians were children ages 10 and 7, LASD reports. One child died at the scene and the other died shortly after being rushed to a hospital. A woman identified as the mother of at least one of the children was also taken to a hospital in critical condition.
The two deputies were hospitalized in stable condition as of Friday morning.
Two other women who were struck while standing on the corner, along with the two drivers of the other involved cars, were treated and released from the hospital, LASD said.
No names were released. The circumstances of the crash are under investigation.