This is a heartbreaking story with a somewhat happy ending. Thank God these two men found them and saved these little angels. Sadly, their mother didn't make it and drove off the road after falling asleep. May God comfort them and their families after the loss of their mother.
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NY Daily News:
"4-year-old Oregon girl saves 2-year-old sister after late-night car wreck kills their mother
Jessica Rath, 26, was driving to pick up her fisherman husband from a port late Tuesday when she fell asleep at the wheel and hit a tree. Her older daughter pulled the younger one from the wreck, and the two huddled together under a blanket until they were found hours later, authorities said."
|A scarred tree at the site of a crash that killed Jessica Rath, 26, of southeast Oregon.|
A 4-year-old Oregon girl pulled her toddler sister from a car wreck that killed their mother and then huddled with her under a blanket in frigid temperatures until they were saved hours later by two passersby, police said.
Jessica Rath, 26, of Astoria, was driving with her two little girls to pick up her fisherman husband from a port late Tuesday night when she fell asleep at the wheel and barreled head-on into a tree, local police said.
Rath was killed instantly. Her daughters survived, but the 2-year-old, Lylah, was severely injured, according to local reports.
Two men driving to work eventually found the girls at around 8 a.m., some six hours after the wreck, after noticing several scarred and broken trees.
Scott Beautler described seeing the little girls cowering together under the blanket, just a few feet from the crumpled car containing their dead mother.
"They were just staring at me," Beautler told KING-5 TV. "I said, 'babies are you okay?' And the oldest one started crying, and said, 'We're cold.'"
Both girls were taken to an Oregon hospital, where Arianna was treated and released and Lylah was reportedly still being cared for on Thursday, according to local reports. Their father was with them.
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