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Pregnant Woman Among Six Injured When Car Crashes into Austin Home: Witness

By  Darryl Holliday and Kyla Gardner | May 1, 2013 4:56pm | Updated on May 1, 2013 5:48pm

AUSTIN — Six people, including two children, were injured in a car accident in Austin Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

At the scene of the crash, it appeared the vehicle had jumped the sidewalk before crashing through two sections of a gate and coming to rest on the steps of a home.

Torres Hughes said he and a friend had to jump out of the way or the car would have hit them.

"I was sitting right here on the corner," he said, pointing to where the car sat in a heap beside his home. "It all happened so fast."

The 17-year-old said a blue sedan was turning north onto Central Avenue when an SUV at the intersection hit it from behind, causing the driver to lose control.

One of the six passengers was pregnant and appeared seriously injured, Hughes said, two of the others were children.

According to Hughes, both the driver and the pregnant woman, who sat behind him, became stuck in the vehicle following the wreck — firefighters had to "pry them out," he said.

The drivers side was visibly more damaged than the rest of the vehicle.

Fire Department personnel responded to the scene about 4:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of North Central Avenue, officials said, and dispatched six ambulances.

Four adults were in serious to critical condition. Two were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and two were taken to Stroger Hospital.

Two children were taken to Stroger Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Further details were not immediately available.