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Good Samaritans spot girls after deadly crash kills their mom

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Two little girls continue to recover after a car accident that killed their mom.

On Thursday we heard some of the 911 calls made after passers-by spotted the crash.

That accident happened early Wednesday morning on Highway 401 near Naselle, WA.

The passers-by found the crash hours after it had happened.

The good Samaritans were on their way to work in Astoria, but something caught their eye, which likely saved the lives of those two little girls.

It was a morning Scott Beutler will never forget.

On his way to work, he spotted a tree that seemed out of place.

"There were no broken branches, no signs of a vehicle going off the road, so it was just that the tree was just calling out I guess," said Beutler.

Beutler and his friend Kraai McClure stopped to check it out, just to make sure it wasn't a serious crash, but soon enough he found the wreckage and the body of Jessica Rath inside.

McClure drove several miles to get a phone signal and dialed 911.

Beutler continued to check the wreckage when he found something he never expected.

"I turned around and took a step and looked to my right and the two girls were laying there covered up just staring at me. I said, 'Babies, are you alright?' And the oldest one started crying saying, 'We're cold,'" said.

Arianna Rath, 4, and 2-year-old Lylah Huff were hunkered down in some brush.

The older girl had taken the younger girl out of the car and stayed with her, trying to keep her warm.

"The youngest girl was pushing final stage of hypothermia, the oldest girl was definitely suffering some hypothermia they wouldn't have made it much longer," said Beutler.

He tried to keep the girls occupied and keep the two warm until help arrived.

"I played a little bit of music. Some Disney tunes on my phone and stuff to try to ease them until help arrived," said Beutler.

A nurse stopped to help and within minutes Washington state troopers and medics had arrived.

WSP said the family was on their way to Portland to pick up Jessica's husband, a fisherman, when they believe she fell asleep behind the wheel at about midnight.

It took nearly eight hours before the little girls were found.

"We're not heroes, we're just everyday people going down to do a job, saw something out of the ordinary and checked it out and ended up saving a couple of people's lives," said Beutler.

He said he is grateful he noticed the bark missing from that tree and was able to help the little girls.

At last check the youngest girl, Lylah, remained in the hospital. Her condition was unknown.

The older girl was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

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