Toddler found alive 14 hours after car crash in river

Published 10:15 am Monday, March 9, 2015

SPANISH FORK, Utah — An 18-month-old girl whose mother crashed their car into a Utah river survived hanging upside down in a car seat for some 14 hours in freezing temperatures before a fisherman found her, authorities said.

The mother, 25-year-old Lynn Groesbeck of Springville, was found dead in the car, and her daughter Lily Groesbeck was in critical but stable condition at a Salt Lake City hospital, 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.”

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The fisherman discovered the car on its top in the Spanish Fork River about 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Spanish Fork, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City, police Lt. Matt Johnson said.