VICTORVILLE:(VVNG.com)- An 8-year-old child was airlifted to a trauma hospital after he was ejected from a vehicle. The single vehicle rollover happened on the southbound 15 freeway south of Roy Rogers Drive on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 10:19 A.M.
According to Officer Shawn Gordon with the Victorville CHP office, a Chevy Suburban was traveling in the No. 2 lane at approximately 70 MPH. “The right rear tire had a catastrophic failure also known as a blow out, the driver of the vehicle lost control and hit the center divider”.
After hitting the center divider, the SUV veered over several lanes of traffic, crashed through a perimeter fence, and rolled onto its roof. The SUV came to rest on top of several parked vehicles inside the Valley Hi Nissan dealership.
An 8-year-old child that was not wearing his seatbelt was ejected from the vehicle and landed on top of another vehicle, stated officer Gordon. The child was transported by air ambulance to Loma Linda Children’s Hospital with moderate to major injuries.
“The only thing that saved his life is he bounced off the hood of one of the new cars before hitting the pavement”, stated Victor Valley News Member, Jennifer Simpson.
Another sibling in the vehicle was transported by air to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Five other family members were transported to local hospitals with minor to moderate injuries.
A total of 12 brand new vehicles in the Nissan dealership were damaged during the collision.
Drugs or alcohol are not suspected to be a factor in this collision. Per CHP incident logs, CalTrans will need to repair 40 feet of chain link fence that was damaged.
[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]SAFETY MESSAGE: The California Highway Patrol would like to remind the public, If you have a tire blow out slowly take your foot of the accelerator, do not abruptly apply the brakes, and do not make any abrupt turns. It can save your life as well as the lives of others. [/box]