6 Kids, 3 Adults Hurt in Rollover Crash

By Lauren DiSanto and Dan Stamm
|  Thursday, Jul 18, 2013  |  Updated 12:23 PM EDT
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6 Kids, 3 Adults Hurt in Rollover Crash

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Nine people, including six children, were hurt when the minivan they were in went out of control and rolled over along a busy area road.

New Jersey State Police say the white van rolled over in the westbound lanes of the Atlantic City Expressway near mile marker 39 in Winslow Township, N.J. around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday. Seven people were ejected from the van.

David Vaux tells NBC10 that he drove by about a minute after the crash, snapping this picture, which captures the chaotic scene.

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"About four to five cars pulled over to the side and ran out. There was about four to five kids on the ground. One was bleeding bad but a Good Samaritan was holding a towel to their head," said Vaux.

Several medical helicopters arrived on scene to airlift three of the victims to the hospital.

"Everyone seemed conscious, but it was a very bloody scene," said Vaux.

State police say the driver Sylvia Hernandez, 34, suffered the most serious injuries and required medivac to Cooper University Hospital. A 10-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were also medivaced from the scene.

Also hurt were Louis Rios, 42; and Rosa Torres-Baez, 23; as well as two 8-year-old boys, a 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. They were all taken to Cooper by ambulance.

As of late Wednesday, two of the victims remained in critical condition.

State police say none of the injuries appear life threatening.

All the victims hailed from Philadelphia, according to investigators.

No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

Traffic was shut down for hours, but all lanes reopened by midnight.

Police continue to investigate what caused the minivan to rollover and how the kids were restrained at the time of the wreck.

 


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