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Driver Crashes Truck into Apartment Building, Critically Injuring Two Children

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According to KTLA, a driver crashed his pickup truck into an apartment building, critically injuring two children inside in Oxnard, California, on Monday afternoon.

Forty Residents Displaced after Crash

The crash occurred around 4:27 p.m. local time near the intersection of Elm Street and Gisler Avenue. Police say a large half-ton pickup truck crashed through the side of the two-story apartment complex, demolishing two of the apartments completely.

The truck pinned a 2-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy underneath as it crashed into their bedroom, according to KTLA. Witnesses of the crash rushed to the wreckage and were able to free the injured children before emergency crews arrived.

KTLA reports that the children sustained critical injuries in the crash. The 2-year-old girl is currently in stable condition, and the 8-year-old boy received treatment at a local hospital before being airlifted to another hospital for additional procedures.

A 16-year-old girl sustained minor injuries, and a pregnant witness received treatment at a hospital after hyperventilating.

The driver of the pickup truck also suffered critical injuries, according to the Ventura County Star. The driver was trapped inside his truck and had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency crews.

Investigators interviewed the driver on Monday to see if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. Police officials are still investigating the cause of the accident.

The crash displaced forty residents at the apartment building, according to the Ventura County Star. Two apartments were destroyed completely, and six others were uninhabitable due to a gas leak.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2015, 35,092 people died in crashes on United States roadways.
  • 5,375 pedestrians died in 2015 – the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since 1996.
  • Police-reported crashes increased by 3.8 percent from 6 million in 2014 to 6.3 million in 2015.
  • 70,000 pedestrians sustained injuries in traffic crashes in 2015.

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