The whole story was very sad. The worst part? No seatbelts for the kids that were transported. The driver was wearing one, but the crash was such that they could not save her life.
The kids, on the other hand, were thrown 50 feet from the crash.
The crash did not have to be nearly as bad as it was.
You have them in your car. Use them. Have you belted your child today?http://ktar.com/category/local-news-articles/20100831/Accident-closes-WB-I~10-near-Queen-Creek
PHOENIX -- An SUV carrying a California family home from vacation flipped off Interstate 10 in the southeast Valley Tuesday morning, closing the westbound freeway for about five hours and slowing rush hour traffic to a crawl.
The driver, a 33-year-old southern California woman, was killed. Seven passengers, including four children, were injured. They are expected to survive, authorities said.
"This is a family returning from a vacation in Mexico to their home in the Los Angeles area of California," said Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer Robert Bailey. "Basically had four children, two parents and two grandparents in the car."
Bailey said the driver veered off the roadway and overcorrected before the SUV rolled several times, throwing two children about 50 feet away and pinning one person under the vehicle.
"We have not ruled out fatigue," he said.
Three medical helicopters and several ambulances rushed to the wreck near Queen Creek Road shortly after 5 a.m. Traffic was backed up two miles within minutes.
The interstate was fully reopened about 10 a.m.
The children in the vehicle were two boys, ages 18 months and 9 years, and two girls, ages 6 and 15 years, Bailey said.
Only the driver and the front seat passenger were wearing restraints, he said.
Numerous fire trucks from several departments responded to the crash.
Watch 3-TV video of the crash scene: