GOOD NEWS 'Miracle' Baby Found Alive in Storm Drain After Rollover Crash
This miraculous story of survival has amazed even the most seasoned first responders.
Five people were traveling on Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Arkansas, on Friday when an 18-wheeler changing lanes clipped their car.
The family vehicle flipped over and eight-month-old Bryce Hale was ejected.
The infant's mother, Jakesia Colson, and other passengers gathered themselves and began searching for Bryce, but they couldn't find her anywhere.
"I started running up and down the highway looking everywhere for her, calling her name," Colson told KSLA. "I didn't hear a baby crying, no baby screaming, nothing. I panicked. I thought she was gone. It was the worst 15 minutes of my life, trying to look for her."
Rescuers arrived and zeroed in on a patch of hay in the median after hearing a sound.
To their amazement, searchers found the infant inside a storm drain — 25 feet off the road. They believe the child rolled down a hill and into the drain.
It took three firefighters to get her out, and, incredibly, she only had a minor scratch on her head.
“The baby was sitting up and looking up at us waiting for us to pull her out,” Texarkana firefighter Josh Moore said. “There had to be some kind of divine intervention for her to end up being OK."
"I know it was a miracle," she said. "The way they had to pull her out of the drain. They couldn't just pull her out. They had to turn her head a certain way and turn her body a certain way to get her out. She was just sitting there looking up waiting for them to come get her."
All the passengers were treated at a hospital and released, except for the driver, who is still recovering.
Police determined that the child’s car seat was not properly secured at the time of the crash, but no one was charged. The driver of the truck that allegedly sideswiped the family vehicle was cited for an improper and unsafe lane change.
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