A mother and her three young girls were struck by a van in a horrific traffic accident in Thousand Oaks yesterday afternoon -- and a fourth child in a stroller was pushed out of the way just in time, according to police.
The crash occurred just before 2 p.m. Tuesday in a busy crosswalk on the 2600 block of Thousand Oaks Boulevard, KNBC reports, when a man driving a white van plowed into the family. Witnesses said they heard a boom and saw the woman and children sprawled on the pavement, according to KNBC.
The crosswalk has no stoplights, just flashing yellow lights and white paint on the ground. Apparently the driver didn’t notice people were crossing.
The mother did see the van coming at the last instant, however, and “gave the stroller a big push” out of harm’s way, said a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department.
According to reports, bystanders came to the aid of the injured family, watching over the baby, calming the mother and shading the victims until help could arrive. All four were taken to a nearby hospital.
The woman and one child are listed in critical condition, while the other two children are in stable condition, authorities said. The unidentified driver was taken into custody.