Several children critically injured in fatal rollover crash

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Peoria Police shut down 75th Avenue and Northern Avenue for several hours Sunday afternoon after a horrific deadly accident involving multiple children who were not properly restrained.
 
An adult man died on scene and another adult died at the hospital. The others involved, including four children, were rushed to the hospital in critical condition.  
 
This accident involved children as young as 5; and fire officials say that some of the children involved weren't properly restrained.
 
"Initially we got on scene and we had multiple patients laying on the ground, a big concern for us to was the asphalt being so hot, burning injuries," said Chief Michael Moore with the Peoria Fire Department.   
 
The injuries from this accident turned out to be far more severe. 
 
Around 4:30 this afternoon, two vehicles collided in Peoria, causing both cars to flip.
 
"We had one lengthy extrication on one of the vehicles, we were unable to save the guy who was trapped in it, so we did lose one, one person expired on the scene," said Moore.    
 
Six others were hurt in the crash, including four children and two adults who were transported to the hospital in critical condition. One child was air lifted with life-threatening injuries. 
 
Witnesses in the area rushed in to help flip the white vehicle off one of the children who was partially ejected and pinned. 
 
"The white vehicle had caught on fire a couple of times prior to us being able to extricate the children that were still trapped in the vehicle," Moore said.     
 
Fire officials say although some crashes aren't always avoidable; there are things you can do to help protect yourself. 
 
They tell us none of the critically injured children were properly restrained in a child seat. Plus, the deceased adult and the adult with critical injuries weren't wearing seat belts.  
 
They say not wearing a seat belt can mean the difference between life and death.  
 
"There are multiple child restraint devices that were around the incident, but according to the first arriving companies, none of the children were seat belted in, or in their child restraint seats, which probably added to their injuries," Moore said.        
 
The Peoria Fire Department wants to remind parents that they can go to any station to have their car seat checked and in some cases seats are available for free to families who can’t afford them. The Phoenix Fire Department also offers free car seat checks by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 602- 495-kids (5437).
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