If you have not heard this story yet, it is worth the read. We have summarized it below, but you can read the full story and interview with the mom here.
Last March, a Phoenix family, Jeff, Ann, Emma (6), Bridget (4) and Maggie (2) were traveling to a get-together in their minivan. Jeff was driving; Emma and Ann sat in the second row, with Bridget and Maggie in the third.
It was dark, and Jeff did not see debris in the road. Upon striking it, the minivan flew into the air, struck a barrier, skid, then landed in a ditch, upside down on top of landscaping rocks.
The pictures make one wonder how anyone survived, let alone with the relatively minor (albeit painful) injuries reported. Jeff had a mild lung contusion, seatbelt abrasions, and some road burn. Ann, who had to be cut from the van, required stitches on her arm and face. Emma and Maggie were unharmed. Bridget (third row, driver’s side) suffered a broken leg and required surgery to address a severe cut on her foot.
The irony, and perhaps what helped save them, is that Ann is a Child Passenger Safety Technician and frequent participant in the forum at Car-Seat.org . Both parents were wearing their seatbelts and all three children were secured in properly installed car seats. The two forward-facing car seats were also tethered.
We are so happy to hear that Ann and her family are doing well. We hope this story and these images stick with our readers. PLEASE, secure your children in car seats…ALWAYS! If you are not 100% sure how to install them, visit the NHTSA’s Child Car Seat Inspection Station Locator to find an installation and fit inspection station near you. Most local fire departments can also help.
Thank you to Kids Are 1st for bringing this story to our attention.