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A 4-year-old pulled her 2-year-old sister from the wreckage of a car crash that killed their mother in Washington State on Wednesday.
Their 26-year-old mother was driving with her two girls in the back to pick up her fisherman husband in Westport, Washington State Patrol told King 5 News, when she got a phone call from him at midnight saying he would be in Portland instead and to turn around and head home to Astoria. She decided to drive to Portland, however, and around 2am, her car apparently ran off Highway 401 and hit a tree.
Temperatures were around 40 and it was raining, but the 4-year-old managed to get both she and her sister out of the wreckage and shelter them with a blanket. Both were injured.
NBC News reports they waited nearly 6 hours for a car to notice them and come to their rescue.
“I just can’t imagine what the little girls were going through,” the driver of that vehicle, Kraai McClure, told KING5. “It could have been a really different ending, but it is, you know, a halfway happy ending.”
Both girls were taken to the hospital in Astoria, but the 2-year-old, badly injured was eventually flown to Portland.