1 killed, 6 hurt in D.C. car crash

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A woman was killed and six people, at least four of them children, were injured Monday evening in a fiery car crash in Southeast Washington, authorities said.

The crash occurred about 7 p.m. in the 3600 block of Alabama Avenue SE. The driver of one of the vehicles, a Toyota, was killed. Four children who had been in that vehicle were taken to one or more hospitals in serious or critical condition, authorities said. Their ages ranged between 2 and 11.

Two people in a van were also injured in the crash, authorities said. Their ages were not known.

Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, said the van might have caught fire after the crash, trapping its occupants. He said the driver and passenger were extricated by firefighters, and one or both might have been burned.

In the aftermath of the crash, rescue workers performed CPR on one of the victims.

Utility wires were knocked down by the crash, and fuel was spilled, Piringer said.

About 50 fire and rescue workers were sent to the scene, and a U.S. Park Police helicopter was used to ferry one of the injured to a hospital, he said.

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