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One year old remains in moving car after initial crash ejects driver

Driver sustains life-threatening injuries
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Posted at 12:07 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 12:07:37-04

MILLERSVILLE, Md. — A 35-year-old man was thrown from his truck after losing control and striking a guardrail Saturday, leaving his one-year-old child strapped into a car seat as the pilotless vehicle careened down the road before coming to a stop, Anne Arundel County Police said.

Officers responded to a crash reported at about 6:07 p.m. on Maryland Route 10, near Marley Station Road in Glen Burnie, for a single-vehicle crash. Police said a 1994 GMC SUV driven by Robert Barbato Jr., of Arnold, was heading north on MD-10 when it lost control, swerved across three lanes of traffic and crashed into a guardrail, at which point Barbato was ejected.

The child, who was properly restrained in a child-safety seat, remained in the car as it then traveled back across all three lanes of traffic, striking the guardrail on the road’s left side and continuing another roughly 500 yards before coming to rest along the guardrail.

Barbato was taken to an area trauma center with life-threatening injuries. The one-year-old was taken to an area pediatric center as a precaution. Police said the preliminary cause of the accident was the driver failing to remain in a single lane of traffic. Speed does not seem to be a factor. The Anne Arundel County Police’s Traffic Safety Section is investigating the incident, and their findings will be reviewed by the State’s Attorney.