On the evening of November 26, 2016 in Texarkana, Arkansas, an 18-wheeler traveling on Interstate 30 allegedly made an improper lane change sideswiping a vehicle carrying 5 passengers. Their vehicle flipped over and an 8-month old baby girl went flying out of the car.
For a period of time, the family could not locate the baby and a mother's worst nightmare was thought to become a reality. But a Good Samaritan pulled over and began to help the family search—and suddenly their prayers were answered.
The baby fell down into a storm drain that was covered with hay. It is believed that the baby rolled down the hill and slipped between the grid.
“The baby … was sitting up and looking up at us waiting for us to pull her out,” Texarkana firefighter Josh Moore said, later adding, “There had to be some kind of divine intervention for her to end up being OK.”
Three firefighters teamed up to free the baby who only suffered a scratch to her forehead. The first responders were very relieved as these situations don't normally end well.
“So many times, we go out and things aren’t OK…and just during the holidays here to have a positive just feels good,” Texarkana Fire Captain Charlie Smith said.
Police determined that the baby was neither properly secured in the car seat, nor was the car seat properly secured within the vehicle. Arkansas does have primary enforcement seat belt laws. In this instance, however, the family was not ticketed. The driver of the 18-wheeler was cited for an improper and unsafe lane change.
This family was lucky. Only the driver suffered any serious injuries. Perhaps it was divine intervention. Either way, the outcome is certainly something to be thankful for this season.