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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A D.C. Fire spokesperson says seven people were taken to a hospital after being injured in a two-vehicle crash involving pedestrians at North Capitol Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW on Wednesday morning.
The spokesperson could not confirm how many people injured were pedestrians and how many people injured were in the vehicles involved.
A police spokesperson initially said that a van hit a light pole and three pedestrians at 7:56 a.m. A black Ford Explorer was also involved in the collision, said the spokesperson.
One of the pedestrians was pinned underneath the van and was reportedly taken to the hospital in critical condition. In total, police had said that three pedestrians and three people inside the vehicles were transported from the scene via ambulance, but that report was later adjusted.
A witness says the driver of the black SUV ran a red light. She told us she helped one of the pedestrians that was struck.
Police say they expect Massachusetts Avenue between Union Station and New Jersey, as well as North Capitol Street from E to H to be closed for several hours.
Traffic is being diverted at 1st and G St. NW, according to the officials.