Three children were hospitalized with injuries suffered in a crash involving a garbage truck and four other vehicles Monday afternoon in Phoenix, police said.

The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. at Seventh Street and Broadway Road, Phoenix police said.

A city of Tempe garbage truck was heading east when it collided with an eastbound Volkswagen Passat that was waiting to turn left, police said.

The truck then continued across the intersection and struck a westbound Jeep Cherokee before striking two parked cars and a building at the northeast corner, Phoenix police said.

The four people inside the Cherokee were taken to hospitals with injuries, including an 8-year-old girl, a 7-year-old boy and an 11-month-old girl, Phoenix police and fire officials said. The 30-year-old woman who was driving also was taken to a hospital.

All were expected to survive their injuries, police said.

Fire officials said the three children were in the rear of the vehicle with proper seat restraints.

The driver of the garbage truck was evaluated at the scene but not transported to a hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Police said the truck driver showed no signs of impairment.

The exact cause of the crash was under investigation late Monday. The crash closed the intersection for several hours.


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