Two adults, three children hurt following crash near 12th & Atkinson

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- An early morning crash sent five people to the hospital -- three of them children. Milwaukee police say two of the children were ejected from a vehicle.

It happened just after 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 8th -- near 12th and W. Atkinson Avenue.

Police say a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old Milwaukee woman was stopped to turn left to go northbound on N. 12th Street prior to the crash.

As the driver was executing the turn, a vehicle driven by a 26-year-old Milwaukee man was westbound on W. Atkinson Avenue and struck the woman’s vehicle.

Two  girls, ages one and three, were ejected from the woman’s vehicle.

The one-year-old child was then struck by the man’s vehicle.

A five-year-old girl inside the man’s vehicle was also injured.

All five people involved in the crash -- three children and two adults, were taken to the hospital for what are believed to be non life-threatening injuries.

One man ran out into the street to help after hearing the crash. Joe Smith says it was the worst wreck he has ever seen.

"The damage was done. It was just one boom and that was it. Terrible. Very, very terrible," Smith said.

Charges of causing injury to a minor and driving with a suspended license are pending against the male driver.

"The people in that other car, they really felt bad you know. They were heartbroken," Smith said.

Police on the scene talked about the importance of properly strapping children into car seats.

“It’s not good enough just to have a car seat in the vehicle. The car seat needs to be properly secured with seat belts, and restraints, and the children need to be secured in the car seat. It holds the child in place. The seat being stabilized with seat belts will absorb the shock instead of the child becoming a flying object or the seat itself," Sgt. Stephen Chin with the Milwaukee Police Department said.

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