EMTs checked the baby and found only a scratch on her forehead, the station reported. But with the help of a good Samaritan, who was already digging through a layer of hay over a drainage grate about 30 feet from the Arkansas roadway, firefighters were able to make the wonderful rescue.
Texarkana first responders attended to a auto crash on I-30, where an 8-month-old girl was thrown out of the vehicle into a drainage gate.
"We immediately began searching in the hay", Firefighter Josh Moore told KSLA.
"A good samaritan was already out here, searching for the baby, and he claimed he heard something from this general direction", Moore said.
Rescuers approached the hay to find the 8-month-old sitting nearly upright in the drain's grate.
It is believed the accident was caused by an 18-wheeler clipping the family's auto. Indeed, there was the baby, inside the drain, waiting for these doddering adults to quit screwing around and pick her up.
One first responder said he believes it was divine intervention. It took three firefighters to get her out.
None of the other 4 passengers in the auto sustained significant injuries, but were taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.
Texarkana, Arkansas police have since confirmed the auto seat the baby was in was not properly installed and the child was not properly restrained in the seat at the time of the crash, but there were no citations issued related to the lack of proper child restraints.
None of the other four people in the auto at the time of the crash were seriously injured.
To have something positive like this happen at the holidays feels real good, first responders say. The driver of the truck that allegedly sideswiped the family vehicle, however, was cited for an improper and unsafe lane change, according to KSLA.