An infant was pinned in a horrific car wreck in Johnston County, North Carolina, late Saturday, authorities said.
The driver of the vehicle, identified only as a man, was heading north on N.C. Highway 96 when his Jeep went off the right side of the road, before overcorrecting and crossing the southbound lane.
The jeep then careered into the woods and overturned, NBC affiliate WRAL-TV reported.
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Officials said the man’s two children were in the car, one of them a 7-year-old boy and the other an infant girl who was in the car with an unrestrained car seat.
During the incident the infant was ejected from both the car and car seat before the Jeep rolled on top of her, pinning her there.
After the Jeep overturned, the father first went to his boy and got him out of the car before looking for his infant daughter.
Both his children were rushed to WakeMed Hospital. Neither child’s condition is known as of writing.
According to WRAL-TV, the father was reportedly confrontational with authorities and has since been charged with driving while intoxicated.
He was handcuffed and transported to the Johnston County magistrate’s office.
It’s unclear if the father will be facing any further charges at this time.
According to the Children’s hospital of Philadelphia, infants are at a greater risk of injury in crashes, because their spines are still developing and their heads are large in comparison to their bodies.
Children 2-years of age and under are safer in rear-facing child seats than forward-facing child seats, according to studies.
An infant should remain rear-facing until he or she is 2 years of age or until they the highest weight or height limit allowed by the manufacturer of the child’s safety seat, according to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The seat should also always be in the back of the vehicle.