Baby thrown from car during crash found alive in storm drain

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TEXARKANA, Ark. — A baby was ejected during a car crash ends up in a storm drain, 25-feet away. She is found alive, reaching up to rescuers and with only a scratch on her forehead, firefighters said.

A truck sideswiped a car Friday night along Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Arkansas, officials told KSLA. The family vehicle flipped over and the 8-month-old girl was thrown from it. Her family were able to get out of their vehicle and looked for her, but could not find her.

Rescuers arrived and heard a sound near a patch of grass. The infant was found inside a storm drain — more than two dozen feet from the roadway, authorities said.

“The baby was sitting and looking up at us waiting to be pulled out,” Texarkana firefighter Josh Moore said. “Some kind of divine intervention?”

Authorities think the baby rolled down a hill to the drain. It took three firefighters to get her out. She had a minor injury.

“There had to be some kind of divine intervention for her to end up being okay,” Moore said.

The child was taken to a hospital along with four other people in the car. All have been released except for the driver who is still recovering.

“So many times, we go out and things aren’t okay,” Texarkana Fire Capt. Charlie Smith said. “During the holidays, to have a positive [thing happen] just feels good.”

Police said the child was not properly restrained in the car seat at the time of the accident and that the car seat was also not properly installed, but no citation was issued.

The driver of the truck was cited for an improper and unsafe lane change.