New Rochelle police were forced to briefly close Webster Avenue near the Hutchinson River Parkway around noon today after a woman driving a green minivan swerved into a parked white Econoline van. The Econoline van was shoved forward into a third vehicle, a green Jeep Cherokee, causing major damage to all three vehicles. The traffic collision occurred on Webster, heading West towards the Hutch, near Berrian Road.
According to police on the scene, the driver and two passengers, a mom and her two young children, were taken to Sound Shore Medical center. Police on the scene indicated that one of the two children, both around 8 or 9 years old, suffered a head injury. There were no passengers in the parked vehicles although the owner of the Jeep said a woman was standing in front of her vehicle at the time of the collision narrowly escaped injury.
Damage to both the green minivan and white Econoline van was significant. The entire front end of the minivan was crushed, the engine block destroyed. The left rear of the Econoline van was badly damaged and the rear axel broken. The rear hatch and bumper of the Jeep were crushed.
After an hour, police had one lane open on Webster Avenue and were awaiting a tow truck to remove the minivan and van, neither of which were in a condition to be driven from the scene.
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