Last month, in what many are calling a miracle, an eight-month-old baby was found alive and well after being ejected from a car during a terrible crash.
The child, Bryce Hale, and her mother, Jakesia Colson, were two of five people traveling eastbound on Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Arkansas around 7 p.m., November 25. According to authorities, their car was clipped by an 18-wheeler that was changing lanes.
The vehicle flipped over, launching both the baby and the driver out into the road. Colson immediately began searching for her daughter.
“I started running up and down the highway looking everywhere for her, calling her name,” she said. “I didn’t hear a baby crying, no baby screaming, nothing. I panicked. I thought she was gone. It was the worst 15 minutes of my life trying to look for her.”
First responders told local news station KSLA that they had heard a noise coming from the center divider. They found the child inside a storm drain 25 feet away from the scene of the crash.
“The baby … was sitting up and looking up at us waiting for us to pull her out,” said Texarkana firefighter Josh Moore. He then added, “There had to be some kind of divine intervention for her to end up being OK.”
It took three firefighters to pull the child out of the drain before she and the other passengers could be taken to the hospital. Bryce suffered only one minor injury, and they called it a miracle that she had little more than a small scratch on her head.
“I was just overwhelmed with joy,” said Colson. “I started crying and thanking God for sparing my baby, for sparing us, for not taking my angel away from me. She is my miracle baby.”
Few are so lucky as to survive such a serious car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,675 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2014. In fact, during that year, car crashes were the leading cause of death for 11-year-olds, as well as for individuals between the ages of 16 and 24.