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Crash sends 3 to hospital in Colorado Springs

By Scott Harrison
Published On: Sep 13 2012 02:39:06 AM CDT

A child passenger was ejected through minivan window.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A family of three was treated at Memorial Hospital after their minivan was hit by a pickup truck Wednesday night.

The crash happened around 6 p.m. on Murray Boulevard between Platte Avenue and Pikes Peak Avenue, and closed the southbound lanes of Murray for more than an hour.

Colorado Springs police said the driver of the truck lost control on the wet street, entered the opposite lanes and struck the minivan.  According to police and a witness, the impact ejected one of two children in the minivan through the window and on to the sidewalk a short distance away.

"She just started bawling," witness Keonnae Jones said of the girl.  "There was blood on her face.  It was horrible."

Fortunately, police said injuries to the minivan passenger were not serious.  The truck driver was not hurt but faces a careless driving citation.  A light drizzle was falling at the time of the accident.

"The oil on the street becomes raised as the rain comes down, and now you have a hydroplaning issue," said police Sgt. Michael Spitzmiller.  "You don't have to have a lot of moisture on the roadway."

Spitzmiller also said the truck driver doesn't bear sole responsibility for any injuries in the crash.

"At least one person wasn't wearing a seat belt," he said.  "It's very rare for anyone belted in, to be ejected from a vehicle."

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