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3 kids critically injured when truck hits bus stop

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Police said a wreck involved a pick-up truck plowing into a bus stop in northeast Las Vegas. (FOX5) Police said a wreck involved a pick-up truck plowing into a bus stop in northeast Las Vegas. (FOX5)
At least three people were hurt as a result. (FOX5) At least three people were hurt as a result. (FOX5)

Three children, who police said were waiting at a bus stop with their father, were critically injured when a pickup slammed into them immediately following a crash with another vehicle.

According to Las Vegas Metro police, the incident happened at Bonanza Road and Lamb Boulevard at 5:31 a.m. Friday.

Citing evidence and witnesses at the scene, police said a Ford F-350 driven by 40-year-old Jorge Silva was northbound on Lamb, approaching the intersection. At that moment, a westbound Dodge pickup driven by 55-year-old Darryl McGregor also entered the intersection and struck the Ford on its right side. Citing both drivers, police said each claimed to have the green light during the incident.

The Ford then continued northbound, hopped an east curb and collided with the bus stop shelter with a father and his three children in it, police said. 

A friend of the father's told FOX5 that he and his children were at the bus stop on their way to daycare.

Three children, ages 2, 4 and 5 years old, were rushed to University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Police said one of the children was caught under the vehicle and required surgery at the hospital. The children's father was not seriously injured, according to police.

Police noted both drivers passed field sobriety tests. They sustained only minor injuries, according to Metro.

"[Alcohol] is always a factor we think of, but we had officers out here that conducted the field sobriety test. Both drivers passed that test," said Metro's Sgt. Richard Strader. "We had a drug recognition expert come out here and evaluate them. They passed those evaluations, also."

Following the incident, Tina Quigley, the general manager of Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, issued a statement:

"As a parent, I find this accident to be devastating, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and children today. This accident is another example of how safety is an issue for our entire community. While the RTC cannot protect our community from drivers who are not following the rules of the road, we have and continue to take measures to make safety enhancements where possible. Our efforts include conducting safety studies, investing $15 million in our transit shelter program and partnering with local governments and businesses to move transit shelters further back from the road as recommended by the safety study. It is our hope that working together as a community, we can make our streets safer for everyone."

An RTC spokesperson said that the bus stop at Lamb and Bonanza is on a list of bus shelters scheduled to be moved further back from the road to increase safety, but the RTC can't afford the project until next year.

Police encourage anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them with information about what happened.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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