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.