SHELTON, Neb. — Two small children escaped serious injury Saturday after the car in which they were riding lost control, ejecting the front-seat passengers and catching fire.

At 11:06 a.m., a 27-year-old Shelton man was driving his 2005 Pontiac G6 east on U.S. Highway 30 through Shelton when he lost control of the car, ran off the road to the left, and rolled in the north ditch and across a driveway, according to a crash report from the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office. The car flew about 20 feet into the air, the report said.

The car landed, hit a utility pole and damaged phone lines for a drilling and irrigation business. The car came to rest on its wheels, and, according to witness statements, a small fire started in the engine compartment.

The man and his front-seat passenger, a 17-year-old girl, also of Shelton, were ejected. Sheriff’s Capt. Dave Gibbs said the man and a bystander removed two children — a 1½-year-old girl and a 9-month-old boy — from their child safety seats in the back seat of the car.

All four were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. The children were not reported injured. The driver was treated for injuries and released from the hospital. No condition report was available for the 17-year-old.

The driver was cited for a seat belt violation.

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