Spanish Fork, Utah – An 18 month old baby girl survived a car crash near Spanish Fork, Utah. The girl was dangling upside down in her car seat and relatively safe given the situation. Despite frigid temperatures, and exposure for 14 hours, the little girl survived. A local fisherman happened to come upon the wreckage on Saturday while out fishing. Sadly, it seems that the little girl’s mother Lynn Groesbeck died at the scene from injuries suffered during the crash.
Baby Survives Deadly Utah Car Crash For 14 Hours Before Help Arrives
Quite a few factors played into this baby’s tale of survival. The odds were certainly against her, but the right conditions helped her get by. Based on evidence at the scene, the car struck a concrete barrier on the bridge, and plummeted into the frigid river below. The car had landed on its roof, leaving the baby hanging upside down for the entire time. Thankfully the child’s car seat helped protect it from the impact, and being upside down allowed the girl to remain out of the water, which likely would have killed her.
The water in the river was so cold, that hypothermia set in quickly. As some of the first responders found out the hard way, of which 7 had to be taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia after climbing into the river to rescue the young girl.
Based upon information obtained from family and friends, it is believed that the car crashed around 10:30pm on Friday night. Being so dark and remote, nobody happened to see the car again until midday Saturday. The fisherman who located the wreck may not be a hero in his eyes, but the timing of his fishing trip coincided well enough with the tragic events. By being in the right place at the right time, the unnamed fisherman contributed greatly to the survival of little baby Groesbeck.
Baby Survives Deadly Utah Car Crash For 14 Hours Before Help Arrives.