Two children involved in an accident were listed in fair condition Tuesday morning at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, according to a spokeswoman. The two had been upgraded from critical condition, which was their status Monday.
WITN has learned the five-year-old boy hospitalized after the accident was not restrained properly. North Carolina law states that a child must sit in a booster seat in a vehile until he or she is either eight years old or 80 pounds. The little boy was only wearing a regular lap and shoulder seatbelt, the Highway Patrol told WITN.
Highway Patrol Trooper M.T. Jones says the children, who are related to Bruce Henderson, were airlifted from Onslow County to Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The crash happened Saturday night on NC 210 near Sneads Ferry.
The little girl may have a head injury, officials say.
Bruce Henderson told Trooper Jones he was talking to his wife and didn't notice the car in front of him when the accident happened. Henderson has been cited for failure to reduce speed and failure to secure a passenger under the age of 16, according to court documents published online.
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Trooper M.T. Jones of the Highway Patrol says an Isuzu Rodeo slammed into the back of a Mercedes on N.C. 210 in between Sneads Ferry and North Topsail.
It happened at 6:41pm. The trooper says the Rrodeo was traveling between 50 to 55 miles an hour when it hit the Mercedes, which was stopped.
"The driver says he was talking to his wife and didn't notice the car in front of him," said Jones.
32 year-old Bruce Henderson was driving the Rodeo and had three children in the car between the ages of five and eleven.
47 year-old Scott McGinley, of Eden, was also traveling with three children in the car. Their ages range from 10 to 11.
Five of the injured were taken to Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune. One was airlifted to PCMH. Another was taken to New Hanover Medical Hospital.
Jones says Henderson was "fine and up walking around."
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Details still coming in but here's what we know. A car accident on NC-210 near Sneads Ferry.
A spokesperson for the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune says they have five patients and three have gone to Onslow Memorial Hospital.
A spokesperson for Onslow Memorial says they have not received any patients as of 8:30pm Saturday night into the E.R.
Stay with us for more details.