Proper use of a child restraint seat may have saved a 20-month-old boy from serious injury when the vehicle in which he was riding overturned Sunday in Nevada County.
The child and his mother, Bridgett Glover, 18, of Big Oak Valley, were westbound on Highway 20 west of the Ponderosa Road overcrossing near Grass Valley in a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta when the mother looked behind her to check on the child. In doing so, Glover unintentionally steered the vehicle onto the right gravel shoulder. She attempted to steer back to the left and lost control of the vehicle, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.
The vehicle spun sideways as it again went off the right side of the roadway. It struck a dirt embankment and rolled onto its roof, coming to rest back in the roadway.
A Cal Fire/California Youth Authority workforce truck stopped at the scene moments after the crash and the crew rendered assistance. The supervisors and inmates removed Glover from the vehicle and were able to extricate her son, who was hanging upside down in the child restraint seat, according to the CHP.
Glover suffered head and scalp injuries, which were not considered life-threatening, and was flown by CalStar air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Her son, who was properly secured in the child restraint seat, did not appear to be injured, CHP officials said. As a precaution, he was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
Neither drugs nor alcohol appears to have been a factor in the crash, according to the CHP.
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