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Seat Belts Make Impact In Weekend Crashes

Several weekend crashes in Omaha demonstrated the importance of wearing a seat belt.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, three cars were involved in a crash that sent of the vehicles into the ditch on Interstate 680 near the Dodge Street exit.

'It was like they were on ice or something,” said Ron Prinz who saw the crash happen and stopped to help. “But there was no ice. It was a little scary.”

One car ended up on its roof straddling a small ravine in the ditch. But both women inside were wearing seat belts.

“She went in the ditch and the car flipped upside down,” said Prinz. “And then by the time I got down there she was trying to crawl out of the car. And she fell out of the car into a ravine.”

Both women were injured but are expected to be okay.

A few hours later on Saturday at 144th and Harrison, an SUV flipped when it was clipped by another car. Everyone inside was buckled in and escaped with only bumps and bruises.

But it was a different story early Sunday morning for the passenger of a Lexus SUV that crashed. Police say the driver was going too fast around the curve near the I-80 and I-480 interchange and lost control, rolling in the ditch and ejecting the passenger.

That passenger, 22-year-old Kayla Botsford, of Bellevue ended up lying in one of the driving lanes of the interstate. She suffered multiple injuries including a skull fracture.

“It's a miracle that she survived,” said Sgt. Joe Collins with Omaha Police's traffic division. “Normally people that are ejected die from their injuries.”

Collins says a seat belt could have made a huge difference.

“The young person who was hurt in this crash could have possibly walked away from the crash had she been wearing a seat belt,” Collins said.


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