CASA GRANDE — Three children were seriously injured in an automobile collision Friday afternoon in Casa Grande.

A Chevrolet Malibu and a Toyota Scion SUV collided shortly after 3:30 p.m. at Arizola Road and Carolyn Way in Casa Grande, sending five people to hospitals, including three small children.

Shannon Dippel of Casa Grande saw the T-bone collision occur as she was driving behind the brown Malibu when it was allegedly struck in the driver’s door by the black Scion.

“I was coming from the (Vista Grande High) school and I was a little ways back but there was no one in front of me,” Dippel said. “I was the first car to come up on it. It looked like the Scion was already in the middle when I saw her hit him (in the Malibu).”

Dipple said the brown Malibu was southbound and driven by a man on Arizola Road and the Scion was northbound, turning onto Carolyn Way and driven by a woman.

“When she hit him it flipped the car up. It was completely on its side — two wheels. Then it all slid into the sidewalk. It was my daughter who called 911. We were pulling up as it was happening,” she said.

Dipple said she jumped out of the car to render aid after seeing the crash.

“I do have training, so I thought there may be something I could do. The driver was trapped between the console and the door. The two little ones had no seat belt on. They were thrown straight up. We saw them stand straight up when the car hit,” Dipple said.

When she got to the brown Malibu she said there were two young men in the front seat and the two small children in the back who were injured but conscious.

“When we got to the car, the two babies were standing up and the passenger had jumped out to get one of the babies out because he was bleeding pretty bad. There was a hole in the side of his head — it was a pretty good gash. The driver was scooted over because the door was holding him,” Dipple said.

The driver of the brown Malibu was extricated from the vehicle by Casa Grande firefighters. One of the children was taken to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center for treatment and later flown to a Phoenix hospital by helicopter, according to Casa Grande Police Department spokesman Thomas Anderson.

A second helicopter was placed on standby in Phoenix but it was not used to transport a second patient to Phoenix.

There were two occupants in the black Scion, the female driver and a small child in a car seat, secured in the back seat behind the driver. Both were injured.

Anderson said it was unknown what happened and the collision is under investigation. He said it appears the Scion was turning left onto Carolyn Way when it hit the Malibu.


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