ATLANTIC CITY — Two children died in a crash along Route 40 entering the city from Egg Harbor Township.
A Hummer and Ford Taurus wagon collided, causing the Ford with three adults and five children inside to overturn, trapping them inside. A 7-year-old girl from Williamstown and a 13-year-old boy from Pomona died.
The vehicles were both headed into the city, just past the border with the township’s West Atlantic City section when the crash occurred, police said.
The boy’s brothers, ages 11 and 9, were flown to Cooper University Hospital in Camden in critical condition, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said. The girl’s 5-year-old sister who broke arm also was airlifted to Cooper.
The girls’ mother — who was driving — and the boys’ father also were hurt, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening. Also inside the car was the girls’ 63-year-old babysitter, who also was sent to the hospital.
The driver of the Hummer, a city code-enforcement officer driving his personal vehicle, also suffered minor injuries.
None of the victims’ names have yet been released.
Traffic into and out of Atlantic City via Route 40 was blocked for several hours while emergency workers tended to the scene. The roadway was reopened by 7:45 p.m.
No motor vehicle or criminal charges have been filed at this time, according to a news release from Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel. Sgt. Kevin Hincks of the prosecutor's Fatal Collision Unit, and Atlantic City Police Officer Andy Pronovost will conduct a reconstruction to determine what happened. No date had been released for when that will be done.
Autopsies are being scheduled.
Witnesses are asked to call Hincks at 909-7667 or the Atlantic City Police Department at 347-5766.
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