Loose Bicycle Results in Car Pile-Up Leaving Toddler with Traumatic Brain Injury

Strange causes have resulted in a tragic five car pile-up on I-15 in Brigham City, Utah and involved 24 people, reports The pile-up was caused by a loose bicycle and has left a toddler with a traumatic brain injury. The two year old toddler was not the only one to sustain injuries. Five others were seriously injured in this pile-up. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the five-vehicle crash occurred on Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 3pm.

Utah highway Patrol Reported that a loose bicycle was the cause of the accident leading up to the toddler’s brain injury. The loose bicycle fell out of a vehicle on Interstate 15 and was struck by a car which then lost control and spun out onto the highway. Then, a truck was able to stop before hitting the first car but was then rear-ended and propelled forward hitting the first car. An SUV struck the truck and then flipped over onto the interstate while a second SUV struck the truck. The fifth car that was involved only reported a lost mirror.

Traumatic Brain Injury of Toddler

It was not reported which car the toddler incurred the serious brain injury. What was reported was that she was airlifted from the scene of the accident by emergency medical services (EMS) to McKay-Dee Hospital for treatment. It is likely that the toddler suffered her head injury through a contusion or concussion. These occur when the brain is bruised by striking the cranium and can have severe long term consequences.

Hopeful Conditions Following the Brain Injury

Reports about the toddler from McKay-Dee Hospital give us reason to be hopeful about the toddler’s traumatic brain injury. She is expected to recover with little to no long term brain damage resulting from her head injury. This is fortunate considering how easy it is for head injuries to result in serious brain damage. It is reported that 9 other victims of this five car pile-up have been sent to hospitals for minor and serious injuries.

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