When a large truck-and-trailer rear-ended a passenger car on a California bridge last night, it had tragic and fatal results.
The truck plummeted over the edge of the bridge, crashing into the creek below and bursting into flames, killing the driver. The car and its occupants — a 36-year-old woman and her two daughters, ages 10 and 10 weeks — were left dangling over the edge of the bridge for at least one hour before being rescued.
Most remarkably, the ten-week-old baby slept for most of that hour while she and her family awaited rescue. California Highway Patrol credits the child’s safety to the mother having used a properly installed rear-facing child safety seat.
As Comedy Guys Defensive Driving reported last year, The American Academy of Pediatrics and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends keeping children in rear-facing seats for even longer than previously recommended because of the additional safety it provides.
You can see video coverage of the crash site and the rescue here.