HAYWARD -- Two children were in stable condition Monday morning after suffering serious injuries in an overnight crash on Interstate 880, and an Oakland man driving the car may face felony charges of driving under the influence,¿¿ a California Highway Patrol sergeant said.
The wreck happened at 10:14 p.m. in the northbound direction of Interstate 880 south of Hacienda Avenue, CHP Sgt. Joe Azevedo said. The children, an 8-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl, were passengers in the back seat of a 1997 Honda driven by the 24-year-old Oakland man.
The children were ejected when the car bumped another, lost control and slammed into a traffic camera pole, Azevedo said.
The girl suffered a lacerated liver and broken arms and was rushed into surgery at Children's Hospital in Oakland, Azevedo said. She was in stable condition and she is expected to recover, Azevedo said.
The boy suffered a broken left femur and also was taken to Children's Hospital, where he also was expected to be OK, Azevedo said.
The driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and child endangerment, Azevedo said. Police say he made an unsafe lane change to his right, directly into a 2004 Dodge, then lost control of the Honda and spun into a dirt embankment, where he collided with the camera pole.
Two older children in the car, a boy and a girl, suffered cuts to their heads and hand, respectively, but were otherwise unhurt, Azevedo said. The driver of the Dodge was uninjured, he said.
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