'Tis the season for miracles and it's hard to think of a bigger miracle than an 8-month-old baby who was ejected from her car seat and out of the car, only to be found safe and sound in a storm drain 25 feet away. Like we said: a miracle.
According to KSLA, mom Jakesia Colson was driving down Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Arkansas, when her vehicle was sideswiped by an 18-wheeler. The car flipped over and her infant, Bryce Hale, was thrown from her car seat. When first responders arrived, Colson was understandably distraught and screaming that her baby was missing.
She tells KSLA, “I started running up and down the highway, looking everywhere for her, calling her name. 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.”
After some searching, someone heard a noise from the center divider—which was 30 feet away—and found the baby inside of a storm drain about two feet down, alive and well. Firefighter Josh Moore shares that the baby "was sitting up and looking up at us, waiting for us to pull her out." And he doesn't think it was just pure luck that she ended up where she was. “There had to be some kind of divine intervention for her to end up being OK."
Authorities theorize that Bryce rolled down the hill and into the storm drain. Once Bryce was carefully pulled out, she was checked for injuries, but to everyone's surprise, she had only a small scratch on her forehead.
Fortunately, the four other people that were inside of the vehicle only suffered minor injuries as well. As to why little Bryce was ejected from her car seat in the first place, the Texarkana Police Department said that the baby’s car seat wasn't installed correctly and that the baby wasn't restrained properly as well, although the family has not been cited. The driver of the truck was cited for an improper and unsafe lane change.