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2 kids treated for life-threatening injuries in Aurora crash

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  • Aurora police continue to investigate a crash between a fire department ambulance and a minivan that sent 10 people to area hospitals, including two children with life-threatening injuries.

    Aurora police continue to investigate a crash between a fire department ambulance and a minivan that sent 10 people to area hospitals, including two children with life-threatening injuries.
    Courtesy Aurora Police Department

 
Daily Herald report

Aurora police continue to investigate a crash Wednesday involving a fire department ambulance and a minivan that injured 10 people, including two children who are now listed in stable condition after being treated for life-threatening injuries .

Police said they responded at 4:05 p.m. to the crash at the intersection of Galena Boulevard and West Street.

It appears a 25-year-old Chicago man driving the 2002 Chrysler Town and Country minivan did not see a stop sign while heading south on West Street and continued into the intersection. The ambulance, which was headed west on Galena with its lights and sirens activated, struck the vehicle on the driver's side.

The minivan driver had to be extricated by firefighters and was taken to an Aurora hospital along with his passengers: a 20-year-old woman; two girls ages 3 and 12; and four boys, including 1-year-old twins and a 5- and 11-year-old.

One of the twins and the 11-year-old boy later were airlifted to a different hospital and were listed in stable condition Thursday afternoon. All of the others have been released from the hospital.

The ambulance was being driven by a 36-year-old Aurora Fire Department paramedic who was treated at an Aurora hospital for minor injuries.

His 28-year-old male counterpart was in the cabin of the ambulance rendering care to a 16-year-old girl. Police said the girl did not sustain any additional injuries and continued on to the hospital in a different ambulance. The second paramedic declined treatment.

There were no outward signs of alcohol or drug use at the scene, police said.

The driver of the minivan was issued citations for failure to yield at an intersection and failure to secure a child in a child restraint seat.

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