HALIFAX (CBS) – Two children are hospitalized with serious injuries after they were hit by a Jeep in Halifax Friday evening.

Police say an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were walking their bikes across Route 106 near the elementary school when they were struck.

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The crash happened in front of the town’s elementary school and less than a quarter mile from the fire station.

Two children were hit crossing Route 106 in Halifax (WBZ-TV)

“Having three guys sitting at the station right when it came in we were probably on scene within probably three or four seconds,” said Firefighter Joe Gibbons, who was the first to arrive.

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“We’re thankful they actually had their helmets on when the accident occurred which helped prevent any further injury.”

The two children are in stable condition at South Shore Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

“Fortunately today the outcome could have been a lot worse and it was OK,” said Gibbons.

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The driver of the Jeep stopped. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.