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.
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Officials said that the van driver from Spring Valley 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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