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Phoenix firefighters: Pregnant woman, three children hurt in I-17 crash

Posted at 2:52 PM, Apr 09, 2017

Authorities say a pregnant woman and three children were taken to the hospital after a crash on Interstate 17 on Sunday. 

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said three vehicles crashed in the northbound lanes near the Camelback Road exit around 1:30 p.m. One of the vehicles was a minivan, DPS said. 

Three children and a woman were transported from the scene. Phoenix firefighters said bystanders were able to get the children out safely but the woman, who is eight months pregnant, was trapped in the driver's seat of the minivan.  

Crews were able to free her and she was taken to a nearby trauma center where she underwent an emergency Cesarean birth. Officials say the baby passed away not long after the birth. 

The woman suffered multiple injuries, including breaking both legs and an arm. She remained in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon, according to Phoenix Fire Department Captain Jake Van Hook.  

Her three children were reported to be in stable condition at a children's trauma center, firefighters said. 

The crash closed several lanes while first responders were on the scene. 

DPS troopers say the crash remains under investigation. No further information was immediately available. 

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