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You Won't Believe A 10-Week Old Survived This Car Crash

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Police and firefighters were frustrated in their attempts to rescue a mom and her two daughters when their 3-series careened off the side of a bridge along the California coast. After hanging there for an hour, who happens along? A couple of SeaBees (Navy Engineers) with just the right forklift for the job.

What makes this rescue all the more remarkable is that, while the truck driver involved was killed, neither the mom or either of her 10-week old or 10-year old daughters was hurt. The police credit the baby's survival on the proper use of a rear-facing child seat placed not in the front, but in the back where it the car is most able to protect it.

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The accident occurred when the tractor trailer allegedly struck the BMW from behind, pushing it through the guard rail while jackknifing itself off the bridge. The truck driver didn't have the same luck as the woman and her children, he was killed when his vehicle struck the river bed 100 feet below the bridge.

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ash78
Ash78, voting early and often

Babies are really freaking flexible, too. They're made to survive all kinds of neglect as infants. Stuff adults could never do—falling, starving, freezing.

This has little to do with front/rear seat placement. As WOT pointed out, they were rear-ended and the baby ironically would have been better off facing forward.

In any event, it always pays to place the baby as close to the center of the car as possible—that usually means the rear-center seat. Bonus: They don't get fingerprints on the window, can't reach the door handles, can't kick your seat, and tantrums result in mostly a bunch of fruitless flailing. Pretty funny to watch, too.