A crash on I-10 claims the lives of two people and snarls Monday afternoon traffic.
Just after 2 p.m. on I-10 near Highway 267 in Quincy, a Florida highway patrol spokesman says a pick up truck being towed by a Ford Expedition blew a front tire, causing the SUV to swerve into the median and flip several times. There were eight people inside the vehicle including an infant, a young child and six adults.
Troopers tell us two-year-old Edgar Garcia was thrown from the vehicle and killed. Another male passenger was also killed; his identity has not been released.
At last report, the two women involved in the crash were listed in critical condition. One man and a one-year-old baby remain in serious condition.
Two other men have been released. Only the driver and one other person were wearing a seatbelt.
Seat Belt Tips
- A safety belt can only protect you if it is used, and used properly.
- Provide enough safety belts for each person traveling in your vehicle. Each person needs his or her own safety belt. Make sure all safety belts are working properly.
- Ask passengers in the front and rear seats to use their safety belts. Most people will gladly buckle up if the driver asks them to.
- Do not start your car until all safety belts are fastened.
- Adjust your safety belt so it fits snugly over your hip bones. It should cross your lap low on the hips, not high across your stomach.
- A shoulder belt should go over your shoulder and across your body diagonally. It should never be worn under your arm.
Child Restraint Laws
- Children under the age of four years must be secured in an approved child restraint system, more commonly called a child safety seat.
- Four and five year-olds must be secured either in a safety seat or by a safety belt.
- A person or legal guardian of a child under the age of four years is responsible for providing a child safety seat to anyone who transports his or her child.
- A person who transports another's child under four years of age does not violate the law if the parent or legal guardian fails to provide a child safety seat and none is used.
- A child with a physical disability, which prevents the use of standard safety seats, is exempt from the provisions of the law if the handicap is duly certified by a physician. A blanket exemption is also granted in case of medical emergency.
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 100 percent correct use of child safety seats could have prevented nearly 500 deaths and about 56,000 serious injuries to children in the United States in just one year alone.
Source: www.state.il.us/isp/ (Illinois State Police Web site) contributed to this report.