More than lucky: Kids, Pa. mom survive after child, 5, grabs steering wheel, causes rollover

(CBS) KITTANNING, Pa. - Margaret Bosworth, a 36-year-old Pennsylvania mom, is facing multiple citations after her 5-year-old child grabbed the steering wheel of her vehicle, causing a rollover crash, reports CBS Pittsburgh.

Fortunately, Bosworth, of Elderton, and her two little boys who were in the car with her were not seriously injured.

The station reports the accident happened Tuesday afternoon on Route 28 in Armstrong County.

Bosworth's 8-month-old son was reportedly in a child protective seat, but her 5-year-old son - who was sitting directly behind her in a booster seat - somehow managed to grab the wheel.

"[He] climbed between her seat and the passenger seat, over the console and grabbed hold of the steering wheel," said Trooper Timothy Amy, of the Pennsylvania State Police.

"I don't know if, for whatever reason, she wasn't paying attention or didn't see him get out of his booster seat or he wasn't properly restrained," Amy said.

Bosworth, who was traveling in the left lane, subsequently lost control of the car. The car was yanked across the right lane, up a slight embankment and caught the guardrail, causing it to go airborne and flip over onto its roof, the station says.

Bosworth was reportedly severely shaken up and suffered a deep laceration to her nose and an injured arm. The boys both had minor injuries.

Bosworth is facing multiple citations for not wearing a seat belt, not having her 5-year-old properly restrained, failure to keep control of her vehicle in a travel lane and for driving on four bald tires, the station reports.

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