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St. Amant family says seatbelt strictness saved their lives

4 years ago February 01, 2011 Feb 1, 2011 Tuesday, February 01 2011 Tuesday, February 01, 2011 9:40:41 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

ST. AMANT - It's a twist on a story we hear often, a vehicle crashing and flipping with kids inside. But this time, everyone survived because they were wearing seatbelts.

Sarah Guedry and her three kids inside were involved in a head-on crash this past Saturday on Highway 22 in St. Amant.  Guedry's SUV flipped five times before finally coming to a stop, totaling the vehicle.

The other driver was taken by helicopter to a Baton Rouge hospital where he is still in stable condition, while Guedry's family only had scratches and one hurt ankle.

Emergency crews and the family are hoping their story of survival inspires everyone to buckle up.

"We've had several accidents in the parish lately where people weren't buckled up, and it didn't always turn out good and we're living proof that seatbelts will save your life," Guedry said.

St. Amant Fire Chief James LeBlanc said the care Guedry took every time she loaded her kids into the car is something people in a rush often neglect to do.

"There's no doubt in my mind if you look at the pictures of that automobile accident that because this mom took that extra step and made sure these three kids were properly restrained in their car seats that's why these three kids are alive today," he said.

Authorities plan to honor Guedry for her actions later this month.

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