NEW SQUARE– Five children were injured, some seriously, when a van jumped the curb and crashed into them as they stood on a sidewalk Monday afternoon, officials said.

The crash occurred shortly before 4 p.m. on Bush Lane in the densely populated Ramapo village. The youngsters, said to be girls ranging in age from 7 to 9, were on the sidewalk.

Three children were taken by ambulance to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla and two others were taken to Nyack Hospital, according to Ramapo police.

Officials said one of the girls suffered a compound fracture to her leg. Little other information was available regarding the specific injuries suffered by the other victims.

Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence also would not provide details of their injuries, but said each victim was believed to be in stable condition.

“Right now, thankfully, the latest report is that the three in Westchester are stable and the two in Nyack as well,” St. Lawrence said at the scene. “That’s about all I can say for their conditions.”

St. Lawrence praised the emergency responders from New Square, the Hatzolah and Spring Hill ambulance units, the Hillcrest Fire and Ramapo Police departments for their quick action.

Authorities did not identify the driver of the van, who was said to be uninjured, but said he was being interviewed by investigators. A Ramapo police accident investigation team was at the crash site.

Authorities expect to release additional information regarding the incident at 7:30 p.m. this evening during a press conference at Ramapo police headquarters, St. Lawrence said.

The van, a white vehicle labeled Five Star Home Medical Supply, also crashed into an electrical transformer and brought down wires.

A total of 450 homes were initially without electrical power following the crash, said Michael Donovan, a spokesman for Orange and Rockland Utilities. Crews were at the scene and service to the majority had been restored before 5:30 p.m, according to the O&R website.

A woman answering the telephone at Five Star Medical Supply, A Monsey business at 419 Route 59, confirmed that the company’s vehicle was involved in the crash. The owner of the business was at the crash location, she said. Messages left at the company later Monday were not immediately returned.

Source: The Journal News


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