The Centers for Disease Control look at more than just disease and illness as causes of injury and death. They also track accidental causes of death, such as car accidents. One thing that the CDC tracks is how seatbelt use can prevent serious injuries and death in many car accidents. According to the agency, in 2016, there were 23,714 drivers and passengers who died as a result of vehicle crashes. More than half of adults aged 20-44 who died were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The CDC also reports that the proper use of seatbelts saved some 15,000 lives in 2016.
11-Alive reports on an Interstate 20 crash involving a patrol car that snarled rush-hour traffic in Dekalb.
A patrol officer was conducting a traffic stop on westbound 1-20 east of Flat Shoals Road when the accident happened, just after 4 p.m. last Wednesday.
According to police, a gray Chevy Impala was traveling in the right lane. The vehicle struck a guardrail and then struck the patrol vehicle.
The Motor Carrier Compliance Division officer was in his vehicle at the time of the accident and suffered from minor injuries. His vehicle was forced forward, cutting across traffic lanes until it came to a stop in the HOV lane.
The Impala continued forward, eventually striking a vehicle in the tow truck the officer had pulled over.
The driver of the Impala and a female front seat passenger were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital to be treated for injuries. Two young girls who were in the back seat, aged 6 and 4, were first taken to Grady and then to Children’s Healthcare at Egleston. A 1-year-old was also taken to the hospital as a precaution.
The children were in booster seats at the time of the crash but they were not properly secured. The driver and passenger in the front seat of the Impala were not wearing seatbelts.
The tow truck driver and a passenger in the tow truck complained of injuries and were also taken to the hospital.
The accident is still under investigation and charges are still possible.
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