Rollover Accident Lends Valuable Safety Lesson
Three people are taken to the hospital after their S.U.V. rolls over near the I-35 checkpoint. Among the injured are two people in their early 20's and a woman in her 40's. Annette Garcia has the details.
"Shattered glass and the personal belongings of a family are left scattered along the highway near the I-35 checkpoint after a driver loses control of her vehicle. State troopers say it appears the S.U.V. was travelling northbound when the back left tire blew out, causing the driver to slam on the brakes, and over correct--sending the vehicle into the southbound lane. State Trooper Josh Coleman said, 'Once she came into the center median, the vehicle flipped or rolled over approximately 3 times.' A total of three people--two in their early twenties or late teens, and the driver in her forties--were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 'All three were transported to Doctor's Hopsital in stable condition,' one emergency crew responder said. '(Annette) Authorities say there are very valuable lessons that other drivers can learn from an accident like this one.' 'Don't hit the breaks; ride it out and pull over into the shoulder. Once you hit the breaks you're in for a ride,' says Coleman. Fortunately, the injuries are said to be non-life-threatening. Some first responders say more than likely it's because all of the passengers were wearing their seat belts. Annette Garcia, Pro 8 News. "The accident is still being investigated. Authorities say it's important to remember that state law requires that all passengers wear their seat belt, regardless of whether they're in the front or back seat."