Mother, 2 Young Children on Foot Injured After Being Swept up in Car Crash in South L.A.

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A mother and her two young children who were on foot were injured following a car crash in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Thursday, L.A. police said.

The mom and her 2-year-old daughter were struck by the vehicle, while a 4-year-old child was hit by flying debris after the collision occurred around 4:45 p.m. near the intersection of Gage Avenue and Main Street, said LAPD Detective Moses Castillo.

The incident occurred after two vehicles collided in the intersection, one a Honda sedan that was traveling west and the other an SUV heading east, according to Sgt. Christian Warner.

One of the vehicles landed on the sidewalk and hit the family members, but it was unclear which car. The mother and children were at southeast corner of Gage Avenue at the time, the sergeant said, but he was not sure if they were in crosswalk or on the sidewalk.

Both the mother and 2-year-old were taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition, Warner said.

The two drivers involved were also transported to area hospitals, according to Castillo.

None of the victims' injuries were considered life-threatening, Warner said.

"This could have been far worse, and if you look at the scene, it looks pretty tragic," he told KTLA. "It appears that we were very fortunate at this time."

Video from the scene showed two vehicles sidelined at the intersection, with the sedan showing significant damage to its front-end and windshield.

Authorities were investigating whether either motorist was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but intoxication "does not appear to be a factor at this time," Warner said.

Detectives were also looking into whether one of the cars ran a red light.

Officials were at the scene Thursday night, working to analyze skid marks on the roadway and obtain surveillance video showing the moment of impact.

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