An 18-month-old girl survived a car crash in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for some 14 hours before being found by a fisherman, officers said.
The condition of Lily Groesbeck was upgraded from critical to stable but critical condition at a Salt Lake City hospital, but her 25-year-old mother, Lynn Groesbeck of Springville, was found dead in the car, police said Sunday.
“She is doing remarkably well considering the circumstance. The doctors have been hopeful so far,” the mother’s sister, Jill Sanderson, told KSL-TV of Salt Lake City on Sunday. “We would like to express our appreciation to the Spanish Fork rescue team for saving the baby’s life.”
The fisherman discovered the car on its top about 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Spanish Fork River, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City, police Lt. Matt Johnson said.
Investigators believe the wreck occurred about 10:30 p.m. Friday when a resident near the accident scene reported hearing a noise, Johnson said. The resident was unable to find anything unusual when checking the area near Provo.