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Heartbreaking Story

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Divers find car swept down Green River with kids inside

Story Published: Nov 7, 2008 at 9:09 AM PST

Story Updated: Nov 7, 2008 at 11:41 AM PST

By KOMO Staff

AUBURN, Wash. -- Officials say rescue divers believe they have found a car that was swept down the Green River on Friday with two kids still inside.

Capt. Kyle Ohashi says there's "not much hope" for two children, ages 2 and 14, who were in the car.

The 16-year-old girl who was driving made it out of the car.

Auburn police Sgt. Scott Near said the driver called 911 just before 9 a.m. and told dispatchers she lost control of her car and swerved into the river in the 29800 block of Green River Road.

The girl told police that as water began to fill the car, she tried to free a 14 year old and 2-year-old child who were still in the vehicle, but she was not able to get them out.

"She's pretty distraught and shaken up," Near said.

The girl, who is the aunt of one of the boys, swam to shore where she flagged down help and called 911. She's currently being treated at Auburn Regional Medical Center.

Police shut down area roads, and dive teams from several agencies rushed to the scene and spent hours searching the murky waters.

Boats and helicopters were also called in to help, and the vehicle was located about 11 a.m.

Divers are attaching a winch cable to the submerged car so it can be pulled out of the water, but because of poor visibility they have not been able to determine for sure whether the two kids are still in the vehicle.

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Comments

1.
NBey6Comment by NBey6 - November 7, 2008, 2:59 pm
I cried just thinking about reading this story. I have 2 young children 11yrs old and 2 1/2 years old (both boys) and I thought, I wouldn't know what to do with myself if this were me. I pray that the 16 year old will be able to cope with the loss of the children in the car.

So, so :-(
2.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - November 7, 2008, 3:21 pm
I hope she will be able to cope also. Very tragic.
Autos going into water is one draw back of seat belts.
They will find out if they had seat belts on when they pull the car out.
3.
Comment by Piaceri - November 7, 2008, 8:02 pm
This is so sad. I will say prayers for the two children, their families, and a special one for the 16 year old driver.
4.
PeacefulManComment by PeacefulMan - November 7, 2008, 8:28 pm
This is why some states are calling for the minimum to issue a license, be changed to 18 years of age.
5.
Comment by pacattack05 - November 8, 2008, 12:31 am
This is sad. And true about belts. I drive for an airport limo service, and just last week a woman could not free herself from the buckle when we arrived at the destination. There is a relatively large orange release button, yet I had to push the big orange button to release her. She wasn't the first, and the list of others in her predicament in the past, isn't a short one. I can recount atleast a dozen times people had trouble solving such a simple puzzle. And this is when they are calm and not in murky water.

Some drivers even use this as an excuse if they get stopped for the violation. They'll tell the officer that they're afraid to buckle because it would be difficult to unbuckle after a crash, when going into the many very deep ditches or (drainage gorges) filled with water during the rainy season. Statistically this reasoning has some validity, due to the various accidents involving ditches and fatalities which were prevalent at the time. So it made sense then.

I'm not advocating driving without buckling up, but I do want to share some of the drawbacks.

FYI...Did you know that small aircraft pilots are taught to open the door to their plane before they crash land so the door won't have the opportunity to be jammmed shut in case of a fire?

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