Seatbelts save 2 from serious injury on I-10 Freeway

March 15th 2012

MARANA - A rollover accident on I-10 this morning leaves two people with minor injuries, thanks to seatbelts and airbags.

Northwest Fire crews say a new model Kia Sorrento mini-van rolled on I-10 Westbound between Ina and Cortaro Farms Roads.

When rescue crews arrived, the van was on its side and the two people who had been inside were already out of the van. A mother and her 14-year old son were traveling back to their home in Texas from Phoenix, when the driver tried to change lanes and clipped a second vehicle, causing her to lose control and spin.

The van rolled over the guardrail cable restraint system into the westbound lanes of traffic. The van suffered extensive damage.

But, both the driver and the 14-year old had their seatbelts on, and the van was equipped with both front and side curtain airbags. NW Fire says the combination of safety equipment allowed both occupants to get away with just minor injuries. Both were treated at the scene and released.

Traffic was delayed in both directions as crews finished their investigation and clean-up of the accident.

Northwest Fire reminds everyone to always wear seatbelts at all times when a vehicle is in motion. A trip to the grocery store a block away from your home can be just as deadly as a trip on the interstate traveling at 65 MPH. (source)