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2 children killed, a child and an adult in the hospital following I-220 wreck

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Two children are dead and another remained in the hospital Monday following a violent wreck on Interstate 220 in Jackson.  An adult and ten children were in the Chevy Suburban when it rolled several times last Saturday.

JPD Officer Colendula Green would not comment on how many children were properly restrained by seat belts or car seats in this case.  We do know there were not enough seats in the eight passenger Chevy Suburban to safely transport the ten children. 

When a tire blew out on Saturday afternoon, it sent the vehicle rolling.  Ten children, 13 years old and younger, were inside.

Two children were ejected including the driver's eight month old daughter, Trinity Wells, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  Two year old Kendria Wells, the driver's niece, died at the hospital. 

The 30-year-old driver, Tanja Wells, was listed in serious condition Monday at UMC with broken limbs and head injuries.  A 3-year-old remained in the hospital Monday with bruised internal organs and a broken arm.

"We have a tremendous problem with non-use of child safety seats in this state," said Safe Kids Mississippi Executive Director Michael Hughes. "By state law children who are 0, 1, 2, 3 years old must be restrained in a harness type seat."

According to Hughes, last year there were 78 transportation related deaths of children in Mississippi.  Half of the cases were because children were not properly restrained. Drivers could face a $25 fine for not properly restraining a child, but the real cost could be a life.

Safe Kids Mississippi offers a free service of installing car seats properly for parents. If you are not sure how to fasten a car seat or booster seat or would like some assistance, call ahead to make an appointment and visit any one of the following locations. 

Madison Fire Department
7466 Old Canton Rd.
Madison, MS 39110
Contact: Derrick Layton

Safe Kids Mississippi
1304 Vine Street
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 360-0531 office (601) 360-0537 fax

Baptist Hospital-DeSoto
7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671

Station #1

205 7th Street South
Columbus, MS 39701
(662) 329-5121

Station #2
1802 MLK
Columbus, MS 39701
(662) 329-5122

Fire & Life Safety Education Office
1629 Main Street
Columbus, MS 39701
(662) 245-5075

For the latest guidelines on child safety in car seats by the American Academy of Pediatrics go to http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/carseat2011.htm .

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