Four children are in critical but stable condition after a wreck in Statesville Tuesday afternoon.

A Buick SUV carrying five children was traveling south on Rickert Street and pulled into the path of a semitruck heading east on Garner Bagnal Boulevard, the Statesville Police Department reported.

Chief David Addison was at the site of the crash and said three children were ejected from the vehicle.

Police said that all occupants of the Buick were taken to local area hospitals; four of the children were airlifted to Wake Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, and were in critical but stable condition, a news release stated.

The driver and other child were treated and released from the hospital, the release stated; the driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the crash.

At least 15 first responder vehicles were at the scene, with multiple ambulances presents and two fire trucks. More than two dozen first responders were visible attending to the wreck.

The right rear passenger side of the Buick was crumpled and missing a tire; the tire laid in the grass on the corner of the intersection. Garner-Bagnal Boulevard was flooded with patrol cars and other emergency vehicles as first worked to free passengers from the vehicle.

The intersection was shut down for about an hour. An investigation is ongoing.

No charges have been filed and the Statesville Police Department Traffic Units are continuing their investigation.

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