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Mom Talks To Daughter On Phone During Rollover Crash (Photo)

| by Michael Doherty

A Kansas mother went through a terrifying experience when she heard her daughter get into a car crash while the two were on the phone.

Toby Allen was on the phone with her daughter Gwyneth, who was leaving a baseball game with friends Sydney Summers and Tierney Carley on April 28, when another car collided with their vehicle, KSHB reports. The car the three girls were in reportedly rolled twice, landing upside down with the windshield broken.

"Hearing the sound of, like, the boom of the crash, that was probably the most terrifying thing I've ever heard in my life," said Summers.

Toby said she remembers how her daughter, who was a passenger in the car, was screaming during the accident.

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"She was screaming, 'Oh my god, Mom. Oh my god. Oh my god,'" Toby recalled. "Because you could hear the terror in the girls' screams because they were shrieking, it was just the scariest thing I've ever heard."

Summers and Carley were able to crawl from the toppled car, but Gwyneth's door was stuck.

"I remember like yelling, 'Make sure you get Gwyn out. Make sure you get her out,'" the girl's mother said.

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Larry Rutledge, a passerby who saw the girls trying to escape the crash, rushed to help them.

Rutledge spoke to Toby on Gwyneth's phone, telling her that her daughter would be OK and that he would call her back. Rutledge hung up the phone just long enough to help Gwyneth escape the car.

"I was yelling," said Toby. "I said, 'Please don't hang up. Please don't hang up.'"

"He was like, 'I'm going to count to three and then I'm going to unbuckle it,'" Gwyneth recalled. "And then I fell on like, a blanket."

"There's no words that could ever explain how thankful all of us are," Toby said of Rutledge. "He was an angel for us."

"If you look at the pictures, it's a miracle that we basically walked away unharmed," Summers said.

Rutledge said he was just one of a number of people who helped and comforted the girls until paramedics arrived at the scene. The three girls are reportedly healing from concussions and bruised ribs. According to Toby, Gwyneth did not want to even get into a car after the accident.

"She sat straight up for the entire car ride with anxiety I have never seen her have before," Toby wrote in a Facebook post about the crash.

The person who was driving the car that T-boned the vehicle the girls were in had stopped, but reportedly left the scene before police arrived, Toby said. She asked for anyone with information about the driver to message her or contact the police.

Sources: KSHB/CNN via WBRC, Toby Allen/Facebook / Photo credit: ER24 EMS (Pty) Ltd./Flickr

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