Infant ejected from vehicle in stable condition

JEFFERSON COUNTY, (WVLT) — A 2-month-old infant was ejected from a vehicle due to a crash on I-40 in Jefferson and Cocke Counties Friday. The wreck caused heavy traffic and delays after a crash on I-40 near mile marker 431.

TDOT officials say a crash closed several lanes in Cocke and Jefferson County.

Mark Nagi with TDOT says I-40 East is closed with traffic being diverted at Exit 424 in Jefferson Co. to US 25W/SR 9 back to I-40 E at exit 432.

According to the preliminary report, 19-year-old Brittany Rankin was traveling eastbound in a 1996 Ford Explorer when the car veered off the left shoulder.

Rankin apparently over-corrected when trying to steer her vehicle back to the road, causing her to hit the cable barrier on the left side of the roadway, and for the vehicle to rollover.

THP says during the rollover a 2-month-old male infant was ejected from his car seat and out of the window of the vehicle.

According to the report, the car seat was buckled in, but the infant was not buckled into his harness, which caused the ejection.

Both adults in the front seats were wearing seat belts and suffered no injuries.

The infant was transported to UT Hospital. At last report he was in stable condition.

*Photo via WVLT

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