SPANISH FORK, Utah (CNN) – A fisherman in northern Utah made a shocking discovery in the Spanish Fork River this weekend: a car overturned in the water.
Rescuers found an 18-month-old baby girl strapped in a car seat inside… Alive! Unfortunately, the girl’s 25-year-old mother did not survive the crash.
“There was a fisherman that came to fish along the river, and noticed the vehicle in the river, and called 911,” Lt. Cory Slaymaker, Spanish Fork police told CNN. “There was also about a one-year-old infant inside the vehicle. The infant was taken to a local hospital, and my information is that child has now been flown to primary children’s in Salt Lake.”
When first responders arrived at Main Street and Arrowhead Trail Drive, they found an overturned Dodge Caliber, partially submerged in the Spanish Fork River below.
Police say the woman and baby were coming from her parents’ home in Salem, just a few miles south when she veered off the road.
“I have been able to confirm she had visited some family in Salem last night around 10 o’clock. She left Salem between 10 and 10:30 last night, was headed home to Springville. The family didn’t know that she did not arrive,” added Lt. Cory Slaymaker.
A resident in the area recalls hearing a loud noise between 10:30 and 11 o’clock Friday night, but said nothing was visible at the time.
The fisherman didn’t spot the vehicle until 12:30 the next afternoon. Lt. Slaymaker stated “where the car was at, you couldn’t see it from the road way.”
Investigators say the baby may have been trapped in the car for as long as 14 hours.
As of Sunday morning, the baby was listed in critical condition at the hospital.
It’s unclear if the baby was covered by water, which was very frigid.
Seven of the rescuers were treated at a hospital for hypothermia.