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Firefighters Find Infant In Drainage Gate After Crash

| by Brendan Kelly

An 8-month-old girl miraculously survived being thrown 30 feet in a car crash.

Texarkana, Arkansas, firefighters say it is a miracle that an infant girl survived a car crash that threw her from the vehicle and left responders searching the scene for her body.

"There had to be some kind of divine intervention for her to end up being okay," firefighter Josh Moore told KSLA.

After the family told responders they were unable to find the little girl at the scene, Moore and fellow Texarkana firefighters found the infant girl beneath a drainage gate.

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"[The infant] was actually sitting down in the grate, sitting up and looking up at us waiting for us to pull her out," fire department Capt. Charlie Smith said.

The accident took place at around 7 p.m. on Nov. 25, on I-30 eastbound. The drainage gate where the infant was found is about 35 feet away from the road.

"We immediately began searching in the hay," Moore said. "A Good Samaritan was already out here searching in the hay and he claimed he heard something in this general direction."

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The firefighters headed in the direction of the drainage gate and, sure enough, found the girl sitting underneath.

"We reached down there and she more or less had her hands up for somebody to pick her up," Smith said. "It took three of us to work her around the grate and get her back up through."

EMTs treated the baby girl at the scene. Fortunately, she didn't suffer any major injuries, and he survived with only a few scratches on her forehead.

None of the other passengers in the car were seriously injured, but all were sent to the hospital for evaluation.

The firefighters say that upon getting the call, they expected the mission to be more of a "recovery rather than a rescue," and breathed a "sigh of relief," upon finding that everybody was okay.

"So many times we go out and things aren't okay," Capt. Smith said. "And just during the holidays here to have a positive just feels good."

Investigators discovered that the child's car seat was not properly installed, but authorities did not issue a citation to the family.

It is believed the accident was caused by an 18-wheeler clipping the family's car. Police ticketed the driver of the 18-wheeler for an unsafe lane change.

Sources: KSLADaily Mail / Photo Credit: KSLA

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