Police searching for man who crashed car, left injured children behind

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Authorities are trying to locate a father they say crashed his car into a road repair hole in St. Paul early Tuesday morning, then fled the scene leaving his injured children behind.

Police are asking for the public's help finding 45-year-old Earl Lionell Ward, who they say left two sleeping children – ages 8 and 14 – in his vehicle after crashing it into a hole at the intersection of Hazel Street and Mechanic Avenue at around 3:30 a.m., the Pioneer Press reports.

The children were transported to a local hospital with injuries that aren't life threatening, according to reports, but their specific condition is unknown.

According to police, there is also an arrest warrant out for Ward in a different case.

KSTP reports the hole was 10 feet wide and about 8 inches deep, and the van was badly damaged.

Police are asking anyone with information about Ward's whereabouts to call 651-266-5729.

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