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2 kids ejected from car as driver falls asleep behind wheel, crashes

A Waterbury resident fell asleep behind the wheel on New Years Day and was involved in an accident on I-684 in Bedford in which two kids were ejected from the car. 

New York State Police determined that 49-year old Maribel Mota was headed northbound around 11am and drifted into the left guardrail, then across all lanes into the right guardrail.  The car spun and overturned, hitting the left guardrail for a second time. 

Mota and the front seat passenger, 29-year old Maria Mota, were wearing seatbelts, but both sustained minor injuries.  Three children in the backseat were not buckled in and sustained serious to critical, but non-life threatening injuries.  A 16-year-old and an 8-year-old were ejected as the car rolled.  The 12-year old was not. 

I-684 was closed for 3 hours during the emergency response.  The investigation remains ongoing.

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