A 2004 Ford Excursion traveling north on the Kansas Turnpike near 47th Street South on Sunday went into a ditch and rolled after a tire blew, injuring two of the four passengers.
A 4-year-old boy was taken to the hospital and admitted after being ejected from the SUV. Another passenger was treated and released at the scene, police say.
The SUV was carrying the boy, his 11-year-old brother, their mother and her boyfriend.
They are from Texas.
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“Their left rear tire tread blew off the tire and separated from the tire,” said Trooper Davone Brame, with the Kansas Highway Patrol. “They started swerving, overcorrected and then went into the ditch and rolled.”
The boy was in a car seat with a five-point harness. The left side was buckled; the right side was not.
The mother was driving.
“She probably didn’t realize he had unbuckled himself,” Brame said.
At the time of the emergency call, the child was not breathing. The mother’s boyfriend began CPR until emergency personnel arrived at the scene.
He began breathing again and was taken to Wesley Medical Center.