Car seat 'saves little boy's life'
A child’s car seat has been hailed as the difference between life and death for an Australian boy who was injured in a three-car smash on the outskirts of Raglan.
"If you look at the images [of the wreckage] there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind - that car seat saved the little boy’s life," Waikato District road policing manager, Inspector Marcus Lynam, said.
Initial indications were that the crash on State Highway 23 was caused when a maroon SUV crossed the centreline and clipped an oncoming eastbound car before colliding with an oncoming 4x4 utility about 4.40pm last Thursday.
The female driver of the rented SUV and her 10-year-old daughter were taken to Waikato Hospital by ambulance and treated for minor injuries.
But her husband, who was in a critical condition, and their three-year-old son were airlifted out in the same chopper.
The 49-year-old Sydney man, who was travelling as a front seat passenger, is now in a stable condition.
However, Mr Lynham said the ‘‘truly remarkable thing’’ is that thanks to the boy being secured in an approved child car restraint, he was released from hospital after four days.
When Serious Crash Investigators reviewed the damage to the family’s vehicle and the position and type of injuries suffered they felt it was important to highlight the value of properly installed and approved child car restraints.
"Another important point we would like to make is in acknowledging the efforts of two men, one of who was driving one of the cars involved in the collision, who despite the risks from sparks from a live electric fence that was giving them shocks when there was leaking fuel about, went to the aid of the injured."
Mr Lynam said these two men’s actions were selfless and truly commendable.