A four-year girl in the US saved her two-year-old little sister by pulling her from the wreckage of a late night car crash that killed their mother.
The smash occurred around 2am Wednesday in a remote coastal part of Washington state, KING5 reports.
Aryanna Rath and her sister Lylah Huff were discovered by Kraai McClure who was driving past and noticed a fresh cut in the bark of a tree on the side of the road and decided to investigate.
"After looking at the scene you'd never think that anyone was going to make it out of there," Mr McClure said.
The good Samaritan alerted the authorities and both girls were taken to hospital, the younger child with serious injuries.
After the crash occurred, the elder sister pulled her sibling from the wreck and covered her in a blanket to keep her warm.
Trooper Russ Winger, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol, said hypothermia could have set in if the girls were not found when they were.
"We're lucky we had someone paying attention or we may not have found them for a long time," he said.
The mother, who has been identified as 26-year-old Jessica Rath, had been on her way to pick up her fisherman husband, Keaton Huff, when the crash occurred.
Police believe she fell asleep at the wheel, veered off the road and was killed instantly in the crash.
"It could have been a really different ending but it is, you know, a halfway happy ending," Mr McClure said.
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Mark Worley