UPDATE: Two Children Upgraded To Fair Condition

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.

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  • by sd Location: winterville on Jul 21, 2009 at 08:23 PM
    Am I the only licensed driver who can actually carry on a conversation with someone in my car without looking them directly in the eye? DANG people - PAY ATTENTION!!!
  • by another Betty Location: Washington nc on Jul 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    Taxpayer, I'm not dumb, I know children has been hurt with head injuries, I never said they're fine, If u read again, I said will be fine meaning with the Grace of God by them being alive.
  • by healthcare worker Location: Greenville on Jul 21, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    Most of the children in serious car accidents that are not restrained correctly end up either in PICU (if their lucky) or a funeral home. There are always exceptions. It just depends on what exactly takes place during the accident. I do upset when I see children not properly restrained in a vehicle. Its either because the parents are too lazy to buckle them in or they are too lazy to go get a free car seat from the many places that offer them.
  • by J Location: Gville on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    He may lose his children due to his ignorance. You talk with your MOUTH, NOT your eyes, ESPECIALLY if have other people in the car that you are responsible for their life. I am sure he feels baout this but its not going to turn back time.
  • by Momof3 Location: Greenville on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    My prayers go out to BOTH families. I would like to say that I ride all over Greenville, and see PLENTY of children not properly restrained in a car seat. I hope that this story gets some of those adults attention, as it could have been any one of them. Children BELONG in a car seat NO MATTER WHAT.
  • by taxpayer Location: washington on Jul 21, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    to another Betty, TWO children are in critical condition, one with a head injury, I hardly think that they are 'fine" just because they are alive..
  • by another Betty Location: nc on Jul 20, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    everyone makes mistakes and everyone takes their eyes off the road, just thank God that all will be fine and nobody died. May God bless all the families involved.
  • by GoPirates Location: Grimesland on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:10 AM
    Everyone keeps commenting on "what if's", what if he was talking on the cell or drinking...but he WASN't!! He just simply took his eyes off of the road and had an accident! Yes, he should pay what he owes and pay attention, no need to start name calling and badgering people!! Stick to the true story!! Praying for all involved will be ok!!
  • by ECU Student Location: NC on Jul 20, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    Praying for the the little children as well as everyone involved. This must be devastating on the family and I really hope the kids will be okay!
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jul 20, 2009 at 03:31 AM
    Best of wishes to the kids, hope they come out alright. Eight comments past the moderator as I view this and it's all spin and people one-upping one another. Leave the blame casting to the police investigating it and the witnesses who were there. From the Internet, all we can really do, of any real merit, is to keep the kids in our thoughts and prayers. And Betty, I know the song you're talking about, couldn't believe it when I first heard it, censored, on the radio. Still makes me smile every time.
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