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Infant In Car Seat Survives Crash Which Killed Driver on I-40

Posted August 30, 2001 5:45 a.m. EDT

— A fatal crash along Interstate 40 in Raleigh claimed one life Wednesday, but a car seat may have saved a tiny passenger.

Ellen Baker, 55, of Burlington was killed in the wreck after losing control of the van she was driving.

A 17-month-old, who was strapped in a car seat in the front passenger seat, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from WakeMed.

The accident took place on Interstate 40 eastbound near exit 295, between U.S. 1/64 and Gorman Street, around 4:40 p.m.

Raleigh police say Baker ran off the left shoulder, and apparently overcorrected while trying to straighten the minvan out. The minivan overturned several times and went over a guard rail before stopping in a wooded area. Baker was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

There is no word on whether Baker was wearing a seat belt.