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Troopers: Children ejected from car in Nash County crash weren't wearing seat belts

Posted December 20, 2018 4:33 p.m. EST
Updated December 20, 2018 5:51 p.m. EST

— Three children recovering Thursday were not wearing seat belts when they were ejected from a car following a crash Wednesday night in Nash County.

Highway Patrol troopers said a Chrysler Pacifica driven north by a mother with her five children inside drove through a stop sign and collided with a car traveling west on West Castalia Road near Red Road.

Witnesses said the Pacifica flipped at least twice before it landed upside down in the parking lot of a corner store.

Both vehicles involved in the crash were driving about 50 mph.

Troopers said an 11-year-old, 13-year-old and 14-year-old were ejected from the Chrysler. The children were flown to Vidant Health in Greenville with serious injuries. Authorities said the children were not wearing seat belts.

Witnesses said the kids who were ejected from the car sustained severe head injuries.

The mother, along with a 2-year-old and 16-year-old in the Chrysler, were taken to Nash Health Care for treatment. Their conditions were unknown, authorities said.

Troopers said the driver of the other vehicle was also taken to Nash Health Care with minor injuries.

Charles Nelms has lived near the intersection where the crash occurred for about 20 years.

"If you are in the country, riding at night, it is easy to look down and not see a stop sign," he said.

Many locals said it may be time to do something to make the intersection safer.

"Anything to help drivers detect oncoming drivers is always good," Nelms said.

Authorities said charges are pending in connection with the case.