(NewsNation) — A New York City police squad car hit multiple pedestrians Wednesday when it jumped a curb while responding to an emergency call, police said.
The officers who were in the squad car first collided with a vehicle that attempted to make a left-hand turn in front of them at an intersection around 3 p.m. The officers clipped the civilian car, causing the squad car to careen toward a sidewalk in the Bronx, Chief of Patrol Jeffery Maddrey said at a news conference.
Six people standing on the sidewalk were hit, and the two officers in the police car and two people in the civilian car that was hit were injured. The youngest victims were a 2-year-old in the car and a 5-year-old on the sidewalk.
Maddrey said the officers were responding to a report of an attempted auto theft. They were not engaged in a vehicle pursuit at the time of the crash, and their lights and sirens were activated.
“The accident allowed the person to steal the vehicle,” Maddrey said.
All victims were transported to area hospitals. Two of them were listed in critical condition, Maddrey said.