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Woman, children unharmed in rollover

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SIDE: A silver dodge journey sits on its side after rolling over multiple times upon hitting a cement drainage fixture near a home’s driveway on Old Fort Wayne Road.
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DAMAGE: Indiana State Police investigators say rollover crashes have extensive damage, like the car from Monday’s crash pictured here, along with serious injury, but the Roanoke family escaped the accident without injury.

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

A Roanoke mother and her three children escaped a rollover crash without injury around 9:45 a.m. Monday morning, according to police reports.

Investigators say the silver 2010 Dodge Journey sport utility vehicle driven by 31-year-old Jill Abbott crashed into a concrete drainage structure while driving on Old Fort Wayne Road just north of Huntington County Road 750 North. Two toddlers, ages 3 and 2, along with a 7-month-old infant were in the vehicle.

The vehicle cracked the concrete structure and flipped multiple times before coming to a rest on its side in the ditch, according to a press release by ISP. Police say the vehicle went off the road for an unknown reason while driving south on Old Fort Wayne Road.

The impact was strong enough to rip the passenger side tire from the axel and cause the lift gate to open while causing damage to all sides of the vehicle as it rolled.

Indiana State Police trooper Jason Ward said the damage to the vehicle was “extremely extensive” since crashes were the car rolls over multiple times often cause serious damage, but he said they their preparation before hitting the road saved their wellbeing.

“Normally with these types of rollover crashes we also see serious injury to the vehicle occupants when proper safety restraint systems are not in use,” Ward said in a statement. “Fortunately with this crash, the combination of the driver wearing her seatbelt and having all three of her children properly restrained in child safety seats, this family was able to walk away without injury.”

ISP tropper Don Stoffel, officers from the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, emergency medical personnel from Parkview Huntington Hospital and a wrecker truck assisted at the scene.

The cause of the crash is still investigation as of deadline Tuesday.