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Police: Child unlocked seatbelt before he, sister were ejected in crash


Two young children, ages 5 and 1, were injured when they were ejected from the car they were riding in during a crash along Interstate 85 Tuesday.

Gastonia Police say the one-year-old girl and five-year-old boy were transported to Levine Children's Hospital, in Charlotte, where they are in intensive care. The children are expected to be okay.

According to police reports, the 5-year-old was able to unlock his seatbelt and the belt holding the one-year-old's car seat.

That's when their mother, 29-year-old Maria Gonzalez Delacruz, was trying to talk to the boy about what he had done when she ran over the rumble strips on the side of the road, scaring her.

Police say Delacruz overcorrected the vehicle, a Ford Explorer, and flipped the SUV near exit 21.

She was treated at Caromont Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. A third child, an 8-year-old girl, was treated and released.

The accident shut down all southbound lanes of Interstate 85 for about an hour Tuesday morning.

Delacruz was cited by officers because her driver's license was expired.

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