Three people were injured Sunday in a two-vehicle accident in Hicksville -- including a 3-year-old boy who was ejected from an SUV -- Nassau police said.
The accident happened at 12:35 p.m. at West Old Country Road and South Broadway, police said.
A 47-year-old man, who was driving a 1999 GMC pickup west on Old Country Road, collided with a 2007 Nissan driven east by a woman, 42, police said.
The Nissan was turning left onto Broadway (Route 107) to head north when the vehicles collided, police said. The 3-year-old boy was ejected from the Nissan and suffered head trauma.
A 12-year-old boy, who was in the backseat of the Nissan, sustained head and facial cuts, police said.
The driver and passengers in the Nissan were hospitalized.
Police did not identify any of the drivers or passengers. The driver of the truck was not injured.
Both vehicles were impounded for brake and safety checks. Police said there does not appear to be any criminality involved.
Nassau County police remained on the scene hours after the crash and a sergeant from the Nassau Homicide Squad was inspecting a white SUV with severe passenger-side damage. A child's car seat was on the ground nearby.
Amrin Desha, 28, was at the salon her father owns on Broadway near the crash scene when she heard a loud noise.
"I went outside to see," she said. "And I saw the baby on the floor. . . . Everybody's eyes went on that baby."
She said several people got out of their cars and assisted the injured. She said a woman was in the driver's seat of the white SUV and another child was in the backseat.
Desha said a man took off his jacket and put it on the toddler boy.
"He kept saying, 'Stay with me. Stay with me,' " she said.
Police arrived within a minute, she said, and an ambulance arrived soon after that.
"Thank God the cops came so quick," she said. "This intersection is very bad."Police did not immediately have the number of people transported or their conditions.Shiva Khanal, who works at the nearby BP gas station, was helping customers at the time of the accident, but he did not see the crash. "I heard 'boom,' " he said. "I heard a very huge sound. I thought my gas pump was hit by a car."
Khanal said he looked outside and saw the small child lying on the ground near the white SUV.
"I was crying because of what I saw," said Khanal, 35, of Hicksville. "I thought of my own daughter. I feel very sorry for that small child."
Old Country Road was reopened at South Broadway at 4:15 p.m., Nassau police said. It had been closed earlier for the accident investigation.
With Emily C. Dooley