South Carolina's busy roadways see car accidents every day. But yesterday, a tragic accident on Interstate 20 in Columbia took the life of an infant, who may have been unrestrained at the time of the crash.
The car accident occurred on Wednesday just before 5:00 p.m. close to the Two Notch Road exit at mile marker 73. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported that there were two vehicles involved in the accident, both of which were traveling eastbound on the interstate when they collided.
Reportedly, the collision caused both vehicles to fly off the side of the road and flip over. The Richland County coroner said that an 11-month-old child in one of the vehicles was unrestrained and was thrown from the vehicle.
The coroner said that the infant died at the scene. An autopsy is being performed, but it appears that the child died from multiple traumas, the coroner said. He called the accident a "horrible tragedy that most likely could have been avoided if the baby had been restrained in a car seat."
Another passenger in one of the cars was also taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. There has been little information released regarding the drivers of the two vehicles or the cause of the accident.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is reportedly still investigating the scene of the accident. As of yet, no criminal charges appear to have been filed.
This tragic accident shows how devastating car accidents can be on the state's busiest roads. It also reminds people how important it is to always secure young children in child safety seats. Not only is it the law, it can save your child's life.
Source: WMBF, "Coroner: Infant might have survived in a car seat," Jason Old, Aug. 18, 2011.