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Three Kids Among 6 Seriously Hurt in Ditmars Crash, FDNY Says

By  Jeanmarie Evelly Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner | September 23, 2014 11:34am 

 A Ford Explorer and Mercedes SUV crashed in Ditmars Tuesday morning, officials said.
Six Seriously Hurt in Ditmars Crash, Officials Say
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DITMARS — Six people, including three children, were seriously injured Tuesday morning when two SUVs slammed into each other in a Ditmars intersection, an FDNY spokeswoman said.

The front of a beige Ford Explorer and the driver's side of a black Mercedes GLK 250 were mangled after the vehicles collided in the intersection of 21st Avenue and 37th Street minutes before 9 a.m., according to the FDNY and witnesses.

An NYPD spokesman did not have any information about the crash.

"There was no screech or braking, just a big collision, a bang," said Chris McComas, 38, who lives nearby and overheard the crash and ran outside.

Helen Orphanides, a landlord nearby, said she "heard a beep and then I heard a boom."

Three kids and three adults were taken to Elmhurst Hospital with serious injuries, but were in stable condition, according to the FDNY.

Orphanides said that two of her tenants — a 7-year-old boy and his mother — were in the Mercedes.

"Everybody was conscious, but hurt," she said.