Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for young children in the United States. Over 120,000 children are injured per year in auto accidents. Proper use of car seats and seatbelts can reduce the risk of death and injury by as much as 70%. An estimated 618,000 children under the age of 14 ride in an automobile without a seat belt or car seat at least some of the time each year. Children are more likely to be unrestrained if their parents also do not use seat belts.
The Georgia Sun reports on a Bibb County car crash that led to 7 children being hospitalized.
An accident that injured seven children being injured is being investigated by the Bibb’s County Sheriff’s Office. The accident happened at Williamson Road and Bloomfield Drive.
According to the police, a driver in a Jeep Grand Cherokee was heading north on Bloomfield Drive. A black GMC Denali was driving along Williamson Road. The two vehicles collided in the intersection.
Inside the Jeep, there were six children ranging in age from 5-years-old to 10-years-old. Five were girls and one was a boy. They were all taken to Navicent Health Medical Center and were listed in stable condition.
The driver of the Denali and her 9-year-old niece were also taken to the hospital. The driver is stable, but her nine-year-old niece was listed in critical condition.
It is unclear whether any of the children were restrained.
The accident is still being investigated to determine who was at fault.
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