Three children were thrown from an SUV in a three-car crash at the corner of Ridgewood Avenue and Washington Street this afternoon. Ten people, most of them children, were taken to area hospitals.
What appears to have happened is this:
A silver sedan coming uphill on Washington entered the intersection in the path of the SUV, heading north on Ridgewood. The vehicle was packed, according to witnesses, with 12 children and two adults. Three of the children, including an infant, spilled out of the SUV as it swerved, was hit by the sedan, then banged into a southbound minivan.
Police, EMTs and fire equipment from Glen Ridge, Montclair, Bloomfield, Verona, Orange and East Orange responded.