ST. PAUL, Minn. -- St. Paul Police say alcohol is suspected as a cause of a crash on the city's east side that sent six people to the hospital with serious injuries.

Of those injured, police say three are children.

Police spokesman Howie Padilla tells reporters that the crash happened around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of East Maryland Avenue and Johnson Parkway. Two vehicles carrying a total of six people were involved in the crash. Padilla says in one of the vehicles both the driver and a child were ejected.

The drivers of the vehicles, identified as Toupao Lee and Jim Xiong, were both taken to Regions Hospital with injuries, as were three children.

It's not yet known what caused the crash, but Padilla says alcohol is suspected to have played a role.

Due to the face that at least two people were unbuckled police are stressing the importance of wearing a seat belt.