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Assemblyman Gantt involved in car crash, several injured

May 31, 2019 08:45 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- State Assemblyman David Gantt was involved in a car crash Thursday evening that left several injured.

According to Rochester Police, just before 8 p.m., officers responded to Central Park for a car accident where they learned the driver of a black Chevy sedan had become distracted and drove through the intersection, striking a while Dodge van.

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The driver of the black sedan was Assemblyman Gantt. 

A store security camera shows Gantt rolling through a stop sign before crashing into the van which was carrying at least two small children who, witnesses say, were bleeding and injured.

A different camera captured the chaos after the crash as both Gantt's car and the white van come to a stop. 

The scene was full of firefighters and police officers. 

As Gantt got out of his car and group of people exited the van, almost a dozen people from nearby stores and houses came to help. 

When News10NBC's crew got to the crash scene Thursday night, it captured the assemblyman sitting in his car and a stretcher with one of the children on it being taken away on an ambulance.  

Rochester Police say four people from the van were transported to Rochester General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries but have since been released. 

Gantt got a ticket for going through a stop sign while the driver of the van got a ticket for driving without a license and not wearing a seat belt. 

Gantt is at home recovering. The following statement was issued on his behalf Friday: 

"Yesterday evening, Assemblyman David F. Gantt (D-Rochester) was involved in an automobile accident in which several people were injured. Both parties were ticketed, and alcohol was not a contributing factor in the accident. Fortunately, Assemblyman Gantt is at home recovering. He asks that you keep him and the other passengers involved in the accident in your prayers. He will have no further comment at this time."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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