After being involved in a car crash that killed her mother, a 4-year-old Oregon girl pulled her 2-year-old toddler sister from the wreckage and kept her warm under a blanket until help could arrive. The girls survived in frigid temperatures for six hours until they were rescued. Authorities believe the accident occurred at around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.
Jessica Rath, 26, was driving to pick up her husband late on Tuesday night when she fell asleep at the wheel. Her car slammed head-on into a tree and she was killed instantly. According to The Daily News, that was when Arianna heroically saved her sister Lylah from the ruined remains of the car. Despite Arianna’s efforts, Lylah was seriously injured in the crash.
Two men on their way to work found the girls huddling in the woods near the destroyed car. The girl’s rescuers stopped to investigate after they noticed multiple scarred and broken trees. One of the men, Scott Beautler, described what it was like to see the two little girls hiding under the blanket in such close proximity to the vehicle that held their dead mother.
“They were just staring at me,” Beautler said. “I said, ‘babies are you okay?' And the oldest one started crying, and said, ‘We're cold.’”
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After being found, the girls were taken to a local hospital. Arianna was treated for her injuries and then released. Lylah was still being taken care of on Thursday. The girl’s father was with them. He has not been identified.
Source: (The Daily News)