Child thrown from vehicle in rollover; sibling, mom badly hurt

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by Catherine Holland and Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 27 at 11:31 AM

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APACHE JUNCTION -- Three people, two of them young children, were air-lifted to the hospital after a brutal single-vehicle rollover in Apache Junction Wednesday morning.

It happened on Ironwood Drive south of Baseline Road at about 8:30 a.m.

Sgt. Tami Villar of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a 7-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and their 28-year-old mother were all badly hurt in the wreck. One of the children was thrown out of the SUV when it rolled.

Villar said both kids were in the back seat. The 7-year-old had unbuckled himself. The mother was trying to buckle the little boy back in when she apparently overcorrected. The SUV rolled, perhaps as many as three times.

Three medical helicopters and several ground ambulances were called out to the scene. Ironwood was shutdown for a time so those helicopters could land. All three of the victims were flown to Maricopa Medical Center.

The mother reportedly suffered head trauma. The extent of the kids' injuries was not known.

Stay with azfamily.com for details on this developing story.

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