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

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RALEIGH — 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 wreckafter losing control of the van she was driving.

A 17-month-old, who was strapped in a car seat in thefront 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 aguard 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.

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