Talk about a holiday miracle! Eight-month-old baby Bryce Hale was found with little more than a scratch on her head over the weekend, after she flew out of her family's car during a crash on the highway and landed 25 feet away in a storm drain!
According to KSLA, the baby girl had been traveling on Interstate 30 when the car was suddenly clipped by an 18-wheeler, causing it to flip. When firefighters arrived on scene, family members told them Bryce had been ejected from the vehicle—but she was nowhere to be found.
"I started running up and down the highway looking everywhere for her," Bryce's mom Jakesia Coleson explained. "I thought she was gone."
Luckily, a good Samaritan alerted the first responders to a noise near a patch of hay in the middle of the median, and when they checked it out, they found the child inside a drainage grate, about 25 feet from the road.
"The 8-month-old was actually sitting up in the grate, looking up at us and waiting for us to pull her out," said Texarkana firefighter Josh Moore. "She wasn't screaming. She wasn't crying. She was just sitting down there waiting for us."
It took three firefighters to safely maneuver Bryce out of the grate, and miraculously, she was almost completely unharmed. "There had to be some kind of divine intervention for her to end up being OK," Moore said.
We couldn't agree more! But like every good fairy tale, this one comes with a moral. Because according to authorities, Bryce was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, nor was her car seat properly secured—an important reminder for all of us to double check our seats or get them inspected by a certified technician before traveling this holiday season. Click here to find an inspector near you.