In what many are calling a miracle, an 8-month-old baby girl was found alive and safe after she was ejected during a car crash and ended up in a storm drain 25 feet away, according to KSLA.
On Friday night, a truck reportedly sideswiped a car on Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Arkansas, which led to the infant’s ejection. The family vehicle flipped over and after the crash, survivors could not find the infant.
First responders told KSLA they heard a noise near a patch of hay in the center divider, and found the child inside a storm drain.
“The baby … was sitting up and looking up at us waiting for us to pull her out,” Texarkana firefighter Josh Moore said, later adding, “There had to be some kind of divine intervention for her to end up being OK.”
Authorities believe the child rolled down a hill and into the drain, and it took three firefighters to get her out, according to KSLA. The infant and four others in the car were taken to the hospital. The little girl suffered one minor injury and all others were released from the hospital soon after, except for the driver, who is still recovering from the crash.
One first responder got emotional thinking about the miracle of finding the child alive and well.
“So many times, we go out and things aren’t OK…and just during the holidays here to have a positive just feels good,” fellow rescuer Texarkana Fire Capt. Charlie Smith said.
Police determined that the child’s car seat was not properly secured at the time of the crash, but no one was charged, according to KSLA. The driver of the truck that allegedly sideswiped the family vehicle, however, was cited for an improper and unsafe lane change, according to KSLA.