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Shouldn’t they have been OK if they were wearing seatbelts?

Not necessarily. Rollovers put a lot of side to side forces into the vehicle. Seatbelts help the most with fore and aft forces.

Next time you are in your car, see how far you can move from side to side with your seatbelt in place. Its probably a lot farther than you think.

Then consider human anatomy. Our faces have some "crumple zones" in them, but only in the front. Your nose and sinuses can crush and break, cushioning your brain. But there are no such spaces on the sides of your head. Also consider your neck. It can bend a long way forward, a bit less to the back. But side to side it's a lot less flexible.

Put that all together, and a rollover is bad news.

--Peter

PS - Yes, I read your follow up that they weren't wearing seatbelts.
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