A two-car crash in Temple Hills on Tuesday morning injured seven people, including a 14-year-old girl who was struck by a car as she tried to cross Brinkley Road to get to her bus stop, police said.
The collision, which occurred just after 7 a.m. near Fisher Road, was sparked when a car traveling east on Brinkley Road swerved to avoid the girl, police said. The car hit the girl, collided head-on with a westbound minivan carrying four people, then struck another teenager on the opposite sidewalk, police and a witness said.
There is no crosswalk in the 3000 block of Brinkley Road -- near the apartment complex known as Brinkley Manor -- where the crash occurred. Police said the girl was struck in the middle of Brinkley Road.
In total, police and fire officials said, seven people were taken to the hospital: the 14-year-old girl, the teenager struck on the sidewalk, the four people in the minivan and the woman driving the car. The 14-year-old girl was flown to Children's National Medical Center with critical injuries, police said, and she was in critical but stable condition Tuesday afternoon.