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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A sheriff's department vehicle and two civilian vehicles collided in Boyle Heights, and the patrol vehicle struck a group of pedestrians, killing two boys and critically injuring their mother, authorities said today.
The impact of the crash around 7:25 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Indiana Street and Whittier Boulevard caused one of the vehicles to strike five pedestrians standing on a corner, said Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Division.
A woman was critically injured, and her two sons, ages 7 and 9, suffered fatal injuries, said LAPD Officer Tony Kuey, also of media relations. One boy died at the scene and the other died at a hospital, he said.
The names of the boys were withheld, pending family notification.
One of the other vehicles struck two adults in a crosswalk, Kuey said. They were transported for hospital treatment, as were two sheriff's deputies, Kuey said.
The deputies, who had been headed to a shots-fired call, were listed in stable condition, police said.
The two civilian drivers involved in the crash remained at the scene and were cooperating with the investigation, police said.