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2 children dead, 1 in critical condition after two-vehicle crash in Rochester



Rochester, New York — Following a crash Wednesday morning in Rochester, two children are dead and another is in critical condition.

The incident happened near the intersection of Lyell Avenue and Mount Read Boulevard. Rochester police, firefighters, and AMR responded around 9:45 a.m.

According to Rochester Police Commander Greg Bello, one of the vehicles had one adult occupant and three children, and the other had just one adult occupant.

Two of the children were pronounced dead at the scene. According to commander Bello, the third child was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He said the two adults had non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials did not release the identity and the names of the people involved.

“The children’s ages range from very young, to adolescence,” Commander Bello said.

According to police say it’s “way too early” to see if there will be any arrests in connection to this incident.

Investigators are working to collect evidence like surveillance video and witness statements.

“One of the vehicles was traveling northbound on Mount Read, making the left turn, when they collided,” Commander Bello said. “No information yet on who had the red or green light. The car with the children was making a left turn from southbound on Mount Read.”

According to Commander Bello, it was an emotional scene that took a toll on first responders.

“This was an incredibly difficult scene,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone and especially the families involved. As we go into the holiday season, to have deceased children … it’s just crushing. I have two kids at home, this is bothersome. Talking to responders here, we’re working on getting resources available for assistance and for the overall wellness of them. This is incredible distressing for everyone involved.”