PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — 18 juveniles were taken to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash in Portsmouth, police say.
Portsmouth police said dispatch received a call around 9 a.m. about a crash involving a van and another vehicle on Hartford Street, near Maryview Park. The van, which had 18 juveniles inside, overturned in the crash.
Images from a WAVY viewer showed the van sitting on its side.
10 On Your Side’s Aesia Toliver spoke with neighbors who say they saw it all unfold.
One woman says she heard a big bang, and when she came outside she saw people who live on this street helping get multiple children out of the van involved in the crash.
Another neighbor, Richard Wilson, says he was one of the people that helped get the children out.
Wilson says the children were screaming and crying so he and two other people pulled them out through the front window and back door.
“They wanted to get out so bad. And I don’t blame them … it’s a situation I don’t want to be in,” Wilson said. “But we got them all out.”
Another neighbor, Alice Bauman, says she also heard the children calling out in fear.
“A little girl was crying she was like I need my mom, I need my mom, so I called her mom for her and she told me she had a headache,” said Bauman.
Bauman says that’s when the children’s parents started arriving.
“Everybody come running panic looking for their kids yelling where’s my babies, where’s my grand babies,” she explained.
“I saw some children that were taken out and put on stretchers, and I guess as a precaution they had on neck braces,” recalled another neighbor, David Pruitt.
Police say all of the children were transported to the hospital but there were no severe injuries.
“I didn’t want to see anybody hurt and thank goodness they weren’t they were just terrified,” added Wilson.