Two children who were not wearing seatbelts survived a rollover accident on Interstate 10 Monday.
At about 2:50 p.m., Northwest Fire District was dispatched to milepost 233 along I-10, which is between exits for Marana and Pinal Air Park roads in response to a single vehicle rollover accident.
When they arrived, they found a 7-year-old female who was partially ejected out the rear window and a 6-year-old female inside the vehicle. Both children were unrestrained.
The mother of the children was driving the vehicle and was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Both children were transported by ground ambulance to the trauma center at University Medical Center in serious, but stable, condition.
The accident comes during the middle of a “click-it or ticket” campaign put forth by local law enforcement agencies. The goal of the campaign is to reduce injuries or fatalities as a result of drivers and passengers who do not wear seatbelts in accordance to traffic laws.
During the summer months, when the opportunities for car travel with children increases, Northwest Fire District wants to remind everyone that seatbelts save lives and should be worn by all occupants of any moving vehicle at all times.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.