Child seat saves baby in crash
Sun, 23 Sep 2012 7:15a.m.
A baby survived a serious crash in North Otago that critically injured her mother because she was safe and sound in a proper child restraint, police say.
The seven-month-old girl suffered only a minor injury when her parents' car went out of control and rolled on State Highway 1 near Palmerston around 7.35pm on Saturday, Oamaru Sergeant Wayne Brew said.
"This is credited to the correct fitting of a quality child restraint," he said.
Her 29-year-old mother, who was driving the car, suffered a serious head injury and was airlifted to Dunedin Hospital in a critical condition, Sgt Brew said.
The other passenger suffered a moderate head injury and was taken to hospital by ambulance along with the baby.
Sgt Brew said it appeared the driver lost control going around a bend, rolling the vehicle on the side of the road.
The Dunedin Serious Crash Unit would investigate the scene today, he said.
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24/09/2012 1:28:12 p.m.
I assume that is bacause the baby was rear facing. Shame it doesen't say.
23/09/2012 8:04:51 a.m.
100km/hr crash and the baby is fine yet medical specialists say that NAHI or shaken baby syndrome is equivalent to a motor vehicle crash at 30 km/hr. What that all about?
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