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Forum staff reports, Published April 27 2013

Mom hurt, 1-year-old uninjured in I-29 crash in Cass County

FARGO – A 26-year-old Bismarck woman told investigators she took off her seat belt to attend to her 1-year-old child in the back seat just before she lost control of the car and it rolled Saturday on Interstate 29, sending both occupants to the hospital, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported.

Shawna Shea was thrown from the car and injured in the crash, which happened at about 12:20 p.m. between Gardner and Grandin in northern Cass County.

The child, 1-year-old Dallas Shea, was not hurt, the patrol stated in a news release.

Both were taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, where the child was treated and released, a hospital supervisor said. Shea's condition was not released.

The 2010 Nissan was northbound on I-29 when Shea lost control of the car and it went into the median, rolled and came to rest upright near the west edge of the northbound lanes, the release stated.

Shea told investigators she lost control while attempting to care for the child, who was properly seated in a child restraint device, the release stated.

Charges against Shea are pending.

The patrol urged drivers to find a safe area to stop their vehicle before attending to any needs of their passengers.

Harwood Rescue, Grandin Rescue, Hunter Ambulance, F-M Ambulance and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the accident.