PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A newborn and five-year-old were pulled from a flipped car submerged in a Longview drainage slough.
Longview Police, Cowlitz County Sheriff, and Longview Fire units responded at 8:26 a.m. to reports of an SUV that rolled several times into a drainage slough near 26th Avenue and Industrial Way.
At the scene, they reported finding several bystanders attempting to rescue people from inside the submerged vehicle.
The bystanders were reportedly able to remove a newborn and a five-year-old from the vehicle.
One passenger, later identified as 19-year-old Ryson Nicholson, also managed to get out of the vehicle.
The three were taken to a local medical center. Nicholson and the 5-year-old were both reportedly injured in the crash, but Washington State Patrol says the newborn was taken along as a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile, the driver — identified as 26-year-old Celeste Williams — remained trapped in the car. Officials managed to roll the car over allowing firefighters to reach the trapped occupant.
Williams was declared deceased at 8:37 a.m., according to WSP.
WSP says neither Williams nor Nicholson were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.