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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

March 23, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Mudslide witness describes dramatic rescue of infant

Neighbors rushed to retrieve a mud-covered baby within moments of the Oso mudslide, said an Arlington woman who was driving by when the catastrophe occurred.

“We thought it was a car accident,” said Sierra Sansibar of Arlington, who said she was driving to Darrington and her car was the second one blocked by the mud. “Then you realize there’s a house in the middle of the road.”

“We heard screaming from a house 100 yards from us. A whole bunch of men went in there and pulled out a 6-month-old baby,” Sansibar said. Firefighters also were arriving, she said.

“There was mud, household items everywhere, people screaming, crying, running into the rubbish.”

“Everybody was covered in mud. A lady next door who saw what happened she was giving them blankets to hold the baby in. They got in a car, and left,” said Sansibar, who stopped by downtown Arlington and chatted after the governor’s press conference at noon.

A child fitting that scenario was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, in critical condition.

MORE COVERAGE:

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18 people unaccounted for in slide; voices heard, then gone

‘When the slide hit the river, it was like a tsunami’

3 die in mudslide east of Arlington, 6 homes destroyed

Five injured in slide are at Harborview Medical Center

Survivor tells of loud crack, wall of mud, house ‘in sticks’

Recent saturation of rain likely built up to fatal mudslide

WSDOT: Water surge could weaken bridge supports

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