According to a woman who said she helped rescue the children from an overturned white Ford Explorer, they appeared to be a boy of about age 2, a girl of about age 4 and a girl age 6-7.
One of the children had been ejected from the Ford, according to another witness, though it wasn’t clear which child.
The second vehicle involved, a four-door silver Nissan Maxima, was at rest alongside the median a short distance south of the intersection, its front end crumpled and rear damaged. It had been traveling south; the Ford had been traveling west, witnesses said.
No one was available at Anniston Police Department, Regional Medical Center or Stringfellow Memorial Hospital to answer questions about the accident, the total number of victims or their conditions.
The woman who assisted, Katherine Dickerson of Anniston, showed a burned spot on her hand where it had touched the hot muffler of the Explorer while she labored to help.
“I’ll do it any day to save a baby,” she said.
Dickerson was one of three at the scene who are said to have helped turn the Explorer upright following its collision with the Maxima. She reported the small boy and one of the girls was pinned under the SUV. She said the vehicle contained a total of five persons — two women and the three children.
Reports at the scene were that the third child was ejected from the vehicle.
“When the car flipped the first time, the little baby flipped out,” said Danterius Kelly of Anniston. “The other two were up under the car.” Kelly said he was in a vehicle near the intersection when the accident occurred around 8 p.m.
A man who helped at the scene, Luke Moore of Columbus, Ga., said the “mom and boy were pinned and a girl was completely under the car ... The mom was screaming, get her baby out.”