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Fund established to help boy tossed from crash in car seat

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The parents of a boy who was thrown 30 feet from a car during a crash Monday in Christiana say they had help protecting their son.

Mason Carney, 2, was found still strapped to his car seat following the ejection.

"He's just a special child. We love him with all our hearts," said father Josh Carney.

His parents say Mason is bright and curious. He's their only child, so they say they take every precaution when strapping him in to his car seat.

"We are fanatical about the way we restrain him when he goes in any vehicle," Josh Carney said.

Investigators say Josh Carney had Mason in the right kind of car seat, and everything was snapped and buckled just as it should have been in their 1999 Nissan Maxima.

But none of that could prevent what happened next.

"I looked in my rear-view mirror and saw the vehicle coming, and I knew there wasn't going to be a whole lot I could do to avoid the accident. So, I held on as hard as I could - so hard, in fact, I broke my hand," Josh Carney said.

While sitting in traffic on Highway 231 in Rutherford County, the Carneys were struck from behind, and Mason was thrown from the car.

"I exited the vehicle and looked for my son. And I called his name and I didn't hear him respond," Josh Carney said.

Mason was at the median some 30 feet away still strapped in his car seat. It turns out a piece of metal tore through Mason's seatbelt and released his car seat.

Their mangled car now sits in a junkyard. But what was left, they say, was a sign from above.

"But right in the spot where Mason would have been sitting was the Holy Bible. It was my Bible that had been in the trunk," Josh Carney said.

They believe their extra care still helped save Mason,  but they also had some help.

"God had his hands in it. We believe so," said mother Amy Carney.

Mason remains in stable condition at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital with his parents by his side. He has some swelling on his brain and some broken ligaments.

Josh Carney will need surgery for his wrist, and Mason is due for surgery Thursday morning.

A donation fund has been established to help the family. If you would like to contribute, visit:

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