Car seat likely saved infant's life in crash - WKRN News 2

Car seat likely saved infant's life in crash

Posted: Updated: March 22, 2013 2:39 PM
Photo courtesy Columbia Daily Herald. Photo courtesy Columbia Daily Herald.
Photo courtesy Columbia Daily Herald. Photo courtesy Columbia Daily Herald.
Photo courtesy Columbia Daily Herald. Photo courtesy Columbia Daily Herald.
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -

Investigators believe a car seat is the reason an infant girl in a serious crash lived.

The crash happened in Columbia just after 11 a.m. Thursday morning.

Witnesses reported seeing the driver of a pick-up truck, identified as Joe Sims, 45, veer off James Campbell Boulevard before traveling down a steep embankment and crashing into a drainage ditch.

When emergency personnel arrived they found a 9-month-old girl strapped into the passenger seat in a rear-facing child safety seat.

"The baby was in great shape.  It's thanks to the car seat," said Columbia Fire Chief Lee Bergeron.

They infant was reportedly laughing and was not injured.

She was taken to a local hospital and was treated and released.

Sims was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is in the critical care unit.

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