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Three children injured in car accident, driver arrested for child neglect

Three children injured in single-car accident, driver arrested for child neglect
Posted at 2:50 PM, Sep 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-15 11:29:55-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A man faces multiple charges after three children in his car, including a 1-and 8-year-old, were injured in a single-car accident in Jackson County where they were not wearing seatbelts.

Robert Harris, 32, of Grand Ridge, Fla. was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol on Friday. 

FHP responded to an accident at about 3:27 p.m. on State Road 69 on Friday. 

According to FHP, Harris was driving northbound on State Road 69, when he drove onto the east shoulder of the road.  

FHP states Harris drove back onto the road, traveling across the center yellow line and onto the west shoulder.  

Harris then overcorrected causing his car to spin back into the road and overturn. 

FHP said while the car was overturning, a 1-year-old and 8-year-old were thrown around inside the car.  

Both sustained serious injuries in the accident and a 10-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries.  

All the children were taken to Southeast Alabama Medical Center. 

Harris sustained minor injuries, but was not taken to a hospital. 

FHP stated Harris and the three children were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.  

Based on the evidence provided, Harris is being charged with child neglect and careless driving.   

FHP was helped on scene by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Jackson County EMS Fire Rescue.