Van Strikes 14 Pedestrians in Chinatown, Killing Two Children

A delivery van struck 14 people on a Chinatown sidewalk shortly before noon today. Two children are dead and at least one other is in critical condition. From City Room:

When the accident occurred, 14 children were being led in a “daisy chain” line, holding onto each other, and accompanied by adult chaperons, along East Broadway from a library visit back to their day care program, the Red Apple Child Development Center, at 25 Market Street, the police said.

The van was traveling on East Broadway and appeared to make a three-point turn to make a delivery. Suddenly, the van lurched, rear-ending over the curb and onto the sidewalk, according to witnesses.

Details are still emerging. WABC, NY1 and WCBS are also reporting on this terrible loss of life.