According to WABC-TV, five children suffered serious injuries on October 22 after a van struck them in New Square. The accident reportedly happened around 4 p.m., along Brush Lane in the village located in Ramapo.
Officials said that the van driver from Chestnut Ridge was traveling south on Bush Lane when he lost control of the vehicle and veered into a sidewalk, where five girls were walking. The van kept driving after striking the girls, until it came to rest after hitting a utility box.
The five girls, ages 7 to 9-years-old, were left scattered around the scene of the crash. A 9-year-old suffered a serious head injury and was treated at Westchester Medical Center. A 7-year-old suffered a broken femur and collarbone along with internal injuries—she was also transported to the Westchester Medical Center.
Another 9-year old suffered facial injuries and was treated and released from a Nyack hospital. Additionally, another 9-year old victim suffered a laceration to her scalp, while an additional 9-year-old suffered a laceration to her head and leg. Both girls were treated at an area hospital and released.
A local paramedic who was the first person at the scene of the crash said that one of the girls was not breathing when he got there. “Since I was the first paramedic on the scene, I tended to the most serious[ly] injured, which was not breathing, unresponsive, [with] blood around the mouth, and nose coming out,” medic Jacob Goldmunzer told WABC.
The driver of the van said the vehicle experienced a “malfunction”, although the accident remains under investigation.
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