A little girl who was apparently on her way to ballet class died this morning after the car she was riding in crashed into a garbage truck in the Bronx. An NYPD spokesman the young child "was seated properly" in the vehicle.

The crash occurred around 10 a.m., when a car with four people going north on Bruckner Boulevard near 136th Street apparently swerved into another lane because of a "pothole or other damage in the road," the spokesman said. Update, 4/30: The NYPD now says the car, a Chevrolet Malibu, swerved to avoid a "raised metal sewer cap" and was then rear ended by a private sanitation truck, which was also going northbound.

"The truck landed on the top of the rear passenger side of the car, crushing the girl, witness Ana Trinidad said" to NBC New York. Also: "The mother was hysterical, saying her baby was under the truck, Trinidad said. The drivers were telling the garbage truck driver to back up, but he appeared to be in shock and got out of the truck to see what happened, Trinidad said."

The child, who police said was 3 years old, was taken to Lincoln Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The three other passengers in the car, a 27-year-old woman, a 52-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man, were also taken to Lincoln with minor injuries. All four people in the car are related, according to the NYPD.

The truck driver remained on the scene and no criminality is suspected at this time.

WCBS 2 reports that that particular stretch of the Bruckner is a "freshly milled road [that] is uneven and bumpy... According to the city Department of Transportation, there is a lag between the milling and final paving of roads to give other city agencies time to complete their work."

A resident complained, "Man, these potholes are so deep, you literately have to swerve them around. If I were to hit a pothole on this bike, same consequences."