Astoria, OR – Fishermen stumbled across two sisters inside a car at a crash site on Wednesday morning.
Kraai McClure and Scott Beutler said they travel a stretch of two-land road outside of Astoria, Oregon just about every morning. As they passed one particular section of the roadway, the fishermen got a feeling that something wasn’t right.
According to The Oregonian, it was a bald patch on a tree that caught their attention. Although police told the men that no accidents had been reported in the area, McClure and Beutler couldn’t get the missing bark out of their minds.
After searching the area again, the fishermen discovered two sisters near a crashed Dodge sedan. Sadly, their mother had died during the accident. She was slumped across the wheel when McClure and Beutler arrived at the scene.
The Associated Press reports that the fishermen called out to the sisters after they noticed the car seats. One of the girls responded, saying that she and her sister were cold. She also stated that her sister’s head was bleeding.
Authorities said the girls were found about 20 feet away from where the car had come to a stop. Police believe their mother may have fallen asleep at the wheel and veered off the road.
Trooper Russ Winger said the four-year-old girl’s decision to cover her sister with a blanket kept them warm was crucial to their survival. The officer attributes the little girl’s actions for saving her sister’s life.
“She saved her sister. She was sharp enough. I don’t know how she did it or anything else, but something was watching over those little girls. It was amazing that the little four-year-old — I have a little 4-year-old, too, she’s almost five — was able to get her little sister out and do that,” he added. “It just blows my mind that she could do that in that situation. I don’t know if she waited until morning, when they could see, but, you know, it just makes me want to cry.”
Winger said the fishermen are heroes for finding the sisters at the crash site. The girls’ father has reportedly declined interviews. The condition of his injured daughter is currently unknown.