FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A 3-year-old girl has serious injuries after a rollover accident on Interstate 25 near Fort Collins on Saturday.
The girl is one of five children and two adults injured in the crash. The minivan they were in ran off the road. The Colorado State Patrol calls the accident a wakeup call for anyone responsible for transporting children.
A female driver who wasn’t buckled up was ejected from the minivan. Of the five children, only one was strapped in properly.
“The two 2-year-old children in the car were in the proper child safety seats. The problem was that seat wasn’t installed correctly,” Trooper Nate Reid said.
“One important thing to do is they will fasten the harness, but forget to make sure the belt of the lap straps are actually fastened properly to the car,” Trooper Bellamann Hee Jr. said.
There are 140 fitting stations for car seats in the metro area.
With the size of infant car seats state troopers say not strapping them in properly can be even more dangerous. Every buckle has a purpose. Missing a single one can be a fatal mistake.
Troopers were still trying to find out what caused the crash because the roads were clear and dry.
“All we know is it was travelling southbound and for some reason it lost control,” Reid said.
State Patrol says they won’t know exactly how the accident happened until they can interview people who were in the van.
State Patrol is still looking into the relationship between all the passengers. They say drugs and alcohol are not factors in the crash.