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Troopers: Woman Killed In Crash Saved Grandkids With Secure Safety Seats

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HIGHLAND COUNTY, Ohio -

One person was killed after she apparently crashed her minivan into a tree along a Highland County roadway on Saturday.

According to troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pauline Caton was killed when she apparently drove her minivan left of center on state Route 28, near Ringer Road, and then into a tree.

Caton's 4-year-old and 6-month-old grandsons were in the vehicle with her at the time of the crash. Troopers say the boys were not injured because Caton had property secured the boys in a child safety seats.

"God was definitely watching over those kids. I'm very sad that the grandmother's gone, she took very good care of those boys," said Brenda Lester holding back tears. Lester was Caton's neighbor.

Lester tells NBC4 that she witnessed crash and heard the screams of the boys. She says she helped free the grandkids from the wreckage.

"We were able to get the kids out of the van and put them in our van but by the time we got back to her van she was already gone," added Lester.

Caton's family wanting answers was kept away from the wreckage about a half mile for over an hour because of the brutal impact of the crash, according to troopers.

"It could have been a lot worse," said Sgt. Frank Simmons.

Simmons says it could have been a lot worse if the Greenfield grandmother didn't keep safety a priority.

Not only did she wear a seat belt, but her grandkids survived nearly unscathed because they were secured in car seats.

"We're thankful that the family took the necessary precautions to go ahead and restrain her children properly. The restraints absolutely saved their lives," said Simmons.

He says the accident remains under investigation. Caton was a diabetic but it is unknown if a medical emergency caused her to lose control of her mini-van.

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