PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State police say the two children injured in a crash on I-295 in Portland on Friday were not wearing seat belts.
Both 11-year old Noorulhuda and 9-year old Addulrahman Al Fatlawi were thrown from the vehicle when their father swerved off the road and crashed into a guardrail.
It is a law in Maine to buckle up; the child restraint portion covers all minors. The law permits adult safety belt use for youth between the ages of 8 and 17 as well as other children who are taller than 4-foot 9-inches.
Children between 40 and 80 pounds who are under 8 years old must use a child safety seat, typically a booster seat. At this point, no charges have been filed, but the District Attorney is looking into the case.