Two children were injured in a crash on the Beltway in Temple Hills, Maryland, Friday evening, authorities say.
Three cars collided in a chain-reaction crash on the Outer Loop at Route 5/Branch Ave. during the Friday evening rush.
All lanes of the Outer Loop were shut down for hours. The lanes have since reopened.
Maryland State Police said investigators believe a black Chevrolet Malibu rear-ended a white Toyota Camry, which then struck the back of a black Cadillac sedan.
A 2-year-old passenger in the Camry was taken to Children's Hospital Trauma Center in D.C. in critical condition, state police said. Prince George's County fire officials said on Twitter that another child had injuries that were not life-threatening. A third person was also taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
"The car hit the car behind me and that car hit me. It pushed me forward. When I got out, that’s when I saw the mother bring the baby out and lay it on the ground," Ron Berry, the driver of the black Cadillac, told News4.
Berry said the mother was frantic and worried.
"She was kind of distraught. I tried to keep her from going into traffic. I wanted make sure she was ok because she was upset," Berry said.
State police said charges were pending.
Police said earlier that heavy rain hampered the crash investigation.
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