CARLSBAD, Calif. -
A toddler and her mother were transported to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Carlsbad on Wednesday.
The crash occurred near Palomar Airport Road at Innovation Way at about 7:40 p.m. when a car was T-boned by an SUV.
"All I know is the cars hit and they came flying at us," said witness Wendy Schnabel.
She ran to the car, noticed two children in the backseat and tried to help.
"There were kids screaming in the back… the one that was hurt the worst, that's where I wanted to start," she said. "Hopefully they're going to be okay."
A helicopter rushed an 18-month-old girl to Rady Children's Hospital. Her mother, who was pinned in the car's front passenger seat, was also airlifted to a local hospital to be treated.
The driver of the other car was OK but shaken up after seeing the children. Her son lives nearby and ran down minutes after the crash.
"Obviously, it's a little nerve racking when there's children involved in things like that," said William Marbrey, the driver's son.
Police said they were receiving conflicting stories about how the crash occurred. Investigators slowed traffic on Palomar Airport Road for hours, trying to figure it out.
"The mother of the two children, who was the most badly hurt, kept going in and out of consciousness," said Schnabel. "She was just begging me to get her out of the car."
The other child in the back seat, a young boy, is expected to be fine. The driver, who was the children's grandmother, is expected to be OK as well.