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A Phoenix woman was seriously injured Tuesday when she was ejected from a crashed SUV near Desert Center, but three children in the vehicle only suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

Lauren Sanders, 32, was airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs after her 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer veered off of eastbound Interstate 10, east of Red Cloud Mine Road, then overturned.

The 5:15 a.m. crash severely injured Sanders. An 8-year-old girl, 6-year- old girl and 4-year-old boy inside the car were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Radford.

While the children were each restrained in car seats, Sanders was not wearing a seatbelt, Radford said.

The cause of the crash, which shut down eastbound lanes for about half an hour, remained under investigation. Alcohol and drugs did not appear to be factors in the crash, Radford said.

–City News Service

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