Officials told CNN a semi truck clipped a car with a family of five riding inside the day after Thanksgiving, causing the car to flip on Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Arkansas. Four people were trapped in the car and the eight-month-old infant girl was thrown clear of the vehicle. Rescuers and good Samaritans scoured the area but couldn't find her, until they heard a noise coming from a storm drain. Rescue workers found the little girl a full 25 feet away from the crash site, sitting up in a storm drain with nothing more than a few cuts and bruises.
It took three firefighters to free the trapped child. Officials told CNN they believe the girl rolled down the hill from the crash and slipped through the drain grate. The four occupants in the car and the baby were treated at a local hospital. All except the driver have been released. The truck driver was cited for improper and unsafe lane change.
Officials believe the child was improperly restrained in a poorly installed car seat. Securely attaching car seats and using them correctly is of huge importance. Auto accidents are the number one killer of children, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Following appropriate guidelines, like avoiding strapping a child into a car seat while they are wearing a winter coat, can make a big difference in a young child's safety in a vehicle.