A rollover accident on Crosstown sent a young boy to the hospital just after 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. Two other children in the car were remarkably uninjured.
Police say that if they hadn't been buckled in, things could have turned out much differently.
The car was on its side about 100 feet from the Crosstown Expressway, near Horne Road. Emergency workers were taking care of the young boy on the ground. A group of people had stopped to help the driver of the vehicle get her three children out of the car.
"Her car, her tire just got messed up, so it started wiggling and she ended up tumbling," said Esther Tagle, who helped the accident victims. "So a couple of us pedestrians just helped her take out the kids."
The mother that was driving the vehicle had just got onto Crosstown from Horne when she lost control of the car. She told police that she noticed problems with the back left tire before, but on Wednesday if finally decided to blow out.
While the family was taken to the hospital to be checked out, investigators say they were lucky they had their seatbelts on.
"What would have happened, do you think, if the kids hadn't been buckled in?" said Lt. Robert Alvarado of the Corpus Christi Police Department. "With the kids being that small, if they were not strapped in the vehicle rolling, they would have been thrown all over the place. The potential for injuries is much higher."
Alvarado pointed out that vehicles can be replaced, but the people inside them can't, and he urged everyone and especially parents to make sure passengers are wearing a seatbelt.
Remember that school starts on Monday, and you need to have your children in a seatbelt. In many cases, they need to be in a car seat or booster seat. Police will be out in the school zones and could check to make sure parents have their little ones secured properly.
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