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8 people, including children, taken to hospital after KCK crash; police investigating

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A crash on South Seventh Street near Osage Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, sent eight people to the hospital on Thursday, according to police and fire officials. Police were investigating at the scene.
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A crash on South Seventh Street near Osage Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, sent eight people to the hospital on Thursday, according to police and fire officials. Police were investigating at the scene.

A crash in Kansas City, Kansas, sent eight people to the hospital Thursday evening, including children who were injured, fire and police officials said.

The two-vehicle wreck happened around 5 p.m. on South Seventh Street near Osage Avenue.

One person who was driving a Honda Pilot was taken to the hospital in critical condition, police said in a statement.

Another SUV involved in the crash, a Mercury Mountaineer, was carrying seven people, including several children. The fire department said six people from that vehicle were taken to the hospital, though later in the night, police said all seven were transported.

Police said occupants in the Mountaineer, including children, had critical injuries but did not specify how many.

Earlier, the fire department said some in the vehicle were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Officer Jonathon Westbrook, a police spokesman, said it appeared the Pilot, traveling south on Seventh Street, crossed over in front of oncoming traffic and struck the Mountaineer, which was heading north on Seventh.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

Officers remained at the scene Thursday night collecting evidence.

Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.
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