Two four-year-old girls managed to unhook themselves from their booster seats and climb to safety, escaping a car accident outside of Clinton, Washington, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The girls were passengers riding with Corey Simmons, 47, when the vehicle crashed into trees in a wooded area about 200 feet away from the road. A spokeswoman for the Washington State Patrol, Trooper Heather Axtman said Simmons was not wearing a seat belt and was likely killed on impact. The girls, who were riding in the back of the car when the accident happened, were able to unbuckle themselves from their booster seats, crawl out of the car and find their way through a wooded area and up a small embankment to the side of the road.
According to CNN, a woman driving by noticed the girls standing on the side of the road and stopped to help them. Axtman said the chances that anyone would drive by and see these girls “was truly the right time at the right place” type of thing. The Good Samaritan put the girls in her car to keep them warm and called 911. When police and fire arrived at the scene, Simmons was pronounced dead. The 4-year-olds were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and were reunited with their family, Axtman said.
“The bravery that these two little girls showed was incredible,” she stated, calling the children “extremely heroic and brave.”