No Passengers in Van Involved in Triple Fatal Crash Were Wearing a Seatbelt 3/26/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
March 26, 2013
Since last Thursday a total of nine people have died in crashes here in the basin.
CBS 7 followed the path many crash victims take from the road to the emergency room and we discovered just what leads to the deaths along the way.
Nine men were on their way to work in a grey van, when the driver attempted to turn left. But they turned too soon, a white truck hit the rear passenger side of the van, sending them flying across the road.
None of the passengers in the van were wearing seat belts, a common thread in fatal crashes on our roads in the past year.
“We’ve found that people are not restraining themselves when they get behind the wheel. We have more and more people coming in with injuries from not wearing a seatbelt when they’re in a crash,” Lisa Earp, the trauma education director for Medical Center Hospital said.
In fact, the emergency department at MCH has seen a 30 percent increase in trauma patients in the past year from crashes.
“Our doctors are really worried with how many trauma patients are coming in now,” Earp said.
They say since a lot of these crashes involve heavy vehicles, the injuries they're seeing are more severe.
Earp says the doctors in the department are urging people to slow down and buckle up because you never know what lies ahead.