Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Seatbelts likely spared a woman and her young passenger from serious injury after their SUV went rolling on the 215 Beltway this afternoon, Nevada Highway Patrol officials said.
The woman told troopers that she was traveling west on the 215 Beltway near Windmill Lane when traffic suddenly slowed because of a minor crash up ahead.
Unable to stop her Mercury Mountaineer in time, the motorist lost control of the wheel and her SUV went rolling up an embankment past the highway’s right shoulder.
She remained strapped inside the driver seat and only suffered from scrapes and bruises, Trooper Loy Hixson said, and a 5-year-old boy was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
“She was not (seriously) injured, and that was attributed to the fact that her seatbelt kept her in her seat,” Hixson said.