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  • 26 July 2014, 14:56

Carjackers Kill 3 Children On Street Corner

Three children selling fruit on the side of a road have been killed by a carjacked vehicle in Philadelphia, while their mother and a family friend are fighting for their lives.

The three siblings - two brothers, aged 7 and 10, and their 15-year-old sister -  were with their mother and an elderly friend at a fruit stand on the corner of Germantown and Allegheny Avenues when a SUV, stolen minutes earlier by two men, ploughed into them.

Police said the carjackers, who managed to flee the scene, may have blown a tyre as they turned a corner at high speed.

The vehicle ended up in a wooded area, its front end smashed against a stand of trees.

The children's 34-year-old mother and her female friend, aged 69, are said to be in critical condition.

A sixth victim, the woman who was carjacked, is also in critical but stable condition. She was in the SUV when it crashed.

Police said the two men forced the woman into the back seat of her car at gunpoint before they drove off and lost control.

The crash happened at around 11.15am on Friday, about a mile from where the carjacking took place.

Police are offering a $60,000 reward for the men's capture and have asked local businesses with surveillance cameras to provide footage.

Employees at an educational non-profit company across the street from the scene of the crash, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that they tried to help the young victims.

"One boy had no pulse and another's was barely there," employee Karen Payne was reported as saying.

Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison said the city was heartbroken, adding: "The prayers of the city go out to this family."

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