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Seven-year-old in critical condition, 9 others hurt in north Phoenix crash

Posted at 7:43 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 20:54:46-04

The Phoenix Fire Department says 10  people were hurt in a north Phoenix crash Tuesday night, including a 7-year-old that is in critical condition.

The crash happened near Dixileta Drive and North Valley Parkway around 6 p.m.

The rollover crash took place a short distance from a neighborhood where several people were outside celebrating Halloween. Many passersby ran over after hearing the car crash. Witnesses told ABC15 that several of the victims were dressed in costumes.

Firefighters say the vehicle was filled with a group about to go trick-or-treating, according to the 34-year-old driver. The vehicle rolled over in the crash, and the 7-year-old was ejected.

"They were al hysterical; a lot of crying," witness Steve Simonton said. "It was very sad."

Four people were treated on scene and refused transport. Five others were transported to hospitals in stable condition and the seven-year-old was airlifted to the hospital. Everyone is expected to survive, according to Phoenix fire. 

Phoenix police believe speed was a factor in the crash. 

"We can say it a thought times — we need to say it a thousand more. Seat belts save lives," Phoenix police sergeant Jonathan Howard said.

Police say it's possible the driver could be cited. Witnesses say the group of 10 are very lucky to have survived.

"It ruined their night," Simonton said. "It could have ruined their lives."

Stay with ABC15 and for the latest on this developing situation.