Detroit crash leaves 7 kids hospitalized

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Seven children are hospitalized after a car crash Wednesday morning on Detroit's west side. One, a six-year-old girl, had to be pulled out of a vehicle by way of the Jaws of Life.

The crash took place about 7:30 a.m., in the area of Schaefer and Pembroke in northwest Detroit. 


It was a two-car crash, between a Saturn and a Ford, said Detroit police spokeswoman Jennifer Watson. Police believe the Saturn ran a red light and crashed into the Ford. 

The Detroit Fire Department transported seven children to the hospital; six from the Ford Explorer, and one from the Saturn. Four ambulances were necessary, said Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner of the Detroit Fire Department. 

The Ford Explorer rolled over in the crash, injuring all the children inside. A 5-year-old girl had neck pain. A 6-year-old girl had abdominal injuries. Fornell said this means she was "probably" wearing a seat belt. Another 6-year-old girl had abdominal injuries and had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life. An 11-year-old girl had a fractured arm. A 12-year-old boy had pain. And a 15-year-old girl had pain on her right side.

A 12-year-old girl from the Saturn suffered lacerations to her face and mouth.