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Emergency workers respond at a two-car crash along Whitman Street at Culp Avenue in Hayward, Calif. on Thursday Nov. 10, 2011. The accident sent two adults and two infants to Eden Hospital. (Anda Chu/Staff)

Two adults and two young children were hospitalized after a two-car crash on Whitman Street that witnesses said was caused by high speed and reckless driving.

Police said none of the injured -- who included a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old -- suffered injuries considered life-threatening, although the two adults and younger child went to trauma centers. All were conscious after the crash, which occurred about 12:25 p.m., fire officials said. The exact nature of their injuries was not immediately known.

Witnesses said the driver of a late-model Dodge Charger swerved across a double yellow line to pass at least two cars while traveling south on Whitman approaching Culp Avenue. A Honda sedan containing two adults and the children was making a turn onto Whitman from Culp when the Charger struck their car, a witness said. Their car came to rest 100 to 150 feet down the road.

Police could not say how fast the Charger was going but said speeding appeared to be factor. Whitman is a 25 mph street, and the crash site was two blocks from Harder Elementary School. Residents said people frequently speed down the street as an alternate route to using Mission Boulevard.

Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash, and the driver -- who suffered minor injuries but declined medical attention -- was not arrested. The crash remains under investigation.



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