• Children injured after being hit by car near downtown Orlando


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Four children were injured Thursday evening near downtown Orlando when they were struck by a car that spun out of control, the Orlando Police Department said.

    A motorist lost control of a vehicle shortly after 8 p.m. at S. Bumby Avenue and E. South Street, crashing into the children, who were standing on a sidewalk, Orlando police Lt. Jonathan Bigelow said.

    "The injured pedestrians were all children -- siblings accompanied by their mother -- ranging in ages from 5 to 11," Bigelow said. "All four children were transported to a local hospital for medical attention."

    Three of the four children were discharged from the hospital with minor injuries, but a 6-year-old girl, who is stable, had to have surgery for multiple femur fractures to her left leg.
    The roadway is reopened and the crash investigation was still underway late Thursday. The driver of the vehicle was cooperative during the investigation, police said.

    Police said inclement weather and slick road conditions likely contributed to the crash.

    "Law enforcement requests those who do not need to be out driving on the roads during times of severe inclement weather [to] please stay home," Bigelow said. "Those driving: Please exercise extreme caution and due care."

    The road remains closed in the area as officers investigate the crash.

    No other details were provided.

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