(Memphis) A crash Thursday morning at Nonconnah and Ridgeway left a baby boy and his mother, Kamilah Robinson, in critical condition.
A Memphis fire engine heading to a medical call was heading down Ridgeway when the car reportedly pulled out in-front of it.
Although the 1-year-old was in a car seat, it appears it might not have been installed properly.
A witness says the baby was in a car seat when it went through the back window of the car.
“Heartbreaking,” said Kristi Davis, of Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. “Absolutely heartbreaking.”
For Davis, as a child seat educator, it’s her life’s mission to make sure children survive when crashes happen.
“I just thought about the baby because I have three babies of my own,” said Witness Felicia Meeks, who ran over to help the baby.
Felicia Meeks saw the whole thing.
She said the fire truck slammed into the car and the baby and mother suffering afterwards.
“The baby went through the glass because it was bleeding.”
According to statistics, 85 percent of child safety restraints are installed incorrectly.
“You want to make sure it’s installed so tightly in the car that it doesn’t move an inch,” said Davis.
While Davis says its difficult to predict the force of a crash, child seats, installed correctly, can save lives.
“Push the seat into the vehicle and take all the slack out. Let it lock. Get that tight, tight fit,” she demonstrated.
The fire department says both the mother and son are still in critical condition.
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The firefighters, who were taken to the hospital and have since been released, were on their way to a first-responder call when the collision happened.
“There’s an adrenaline rush that happens with the lights and sirens going on,” Battalion Chief Keith Staples said.
Firefighters practice driving their engines daily around the City of Memphis.
“We train in the morning so the fire crews can see typical traffic conditions during the morning rush hour. Also at night, because conditions are a little different at night,” Staples said.
Police aren’t saying who was at fault because the accident remains under investigation.
The fire department can’t comment either about details, but did say firemen always train to drive with care.
“Our personnel are trained to drive with due caution. When were proceeding to the call with lights and sirens we are requesting the right of way. We ask the public to stop and move over to the right so we can pass on the left and arrive at whatever emergency incident safely. “