Jakesia Colson experienced a mother’s worst nightmare following a collision on Interstate 30 with an 18-wheeler in Texarkana, Ark.
Colson and her infant daughter were travelling with friends Nov. 25 when the 18-wheeler struck the car, causing it to overturn.
As a result, 8-month-old Bryce Colson was ejected from the vehicle.
KSLA-TV in Shreveport, La., reported Saturday that when first responders were told the child was missing, they began to search the area.
“Immediately, as we got out of the engine, family members were saying that the baby was ejected from the car and was unaccounted for,” said first responder Josh Moore.
He went on to say a “good samaritan” was already looking for the child and reported hearing a sound coming from the area near a storm drain, approximately 25 feet from the vehicle.
The baby was located inside the storm drain.
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“The 8-month-old was actually sitting down in the grate, sitting up and looking up at us, waiting for us to pull her out,” Moore told KSLA.
The passengers of the vehicle were taken to the hospital where they were checked for injuries.
Despite being thrown from a vehicle and landing inside a storm drain some 25 feet away, Bryce only suffered a scratch on her head.
“This is probably one of the best outcomes. This couldn’t have come at a better time. We needed a positive to back up all the negative we’ve seen in the recent shifts,” said Capt. Charles Smith of the Texarkana Fire Department.
Jakesia Colson recounted the initial fear upon realizing Bryce was missing.
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“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,” Colson said. “I panicked. I thought she was gone. It was the worst 15 minutes of my life trying to look for her.”
The truck driver, who was also uninjured in the crash, was issued a citation for making an improper and unsafe lane change.
While the infant car seat was determined to have been improperly installed and the child improperly restrained, officials have not issued any citations.
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