Van hits group of kids, killing 2

January 22, 2009 12:07:22 PM PST
A delivery van hit a group of children walking from a library back to their daycare cener in the city's busy Chinatown district Thursday, killing two and seriously injuring a third, authorities said. Bellevue Hospital treated 14 of the children for minor injuries, according to spokesman David Zackin.

The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. as the children walked less than two blocks through the busy area, bound for the daycare center.

Investigators had conflicting reports about how the accident unfolded. According to one account, the driver got out of the silver van and left the engine running, then it moved. Police later said they believed the van was backing up at the time.

The driver was being questioned by police.

Afterward, a police officer guarded the front entrance.

"I could see on their faces they were upset," said Liana Flores, whose children attend the daycare and were not involved in the accident. "The teachers looked like they were about to break out in tears."

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said the area's "overwhelming amount of truck traffic" has been discussed at community meetings. "This is something that we have worried about for months and months," he said.

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Associated Press Writers Verena Dobnik, Deepti Hajela and Tom Hays contributed to this report.

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