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Baby rescued from river after crash released from hospital

March 11, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A toddler rescued from a car 14 hours after it crashed into a frigid river was released from a hospital Wednesday, days after the accident that killed her mother.

Eighteen-month-old Lily Groesbeck was released from Primary Children’s Hospital at about 4 p.m., spokeswoman Bonnie Midget said. Other than a few bruises, the girl is in great condition — playing, talking and reciting nursery rhymes, said father Deven Trafny.

“She should be gone. She shouldn’t be here,” Trafny, 34, told reporters. “I’m blessed. I’m counting all my blessings right now.”

Rescuers found the baby strapped into her car seat, hanging upside down as icy water flowed through the car.

A fisherman spotted the car Saturday, the day after it hit a cement barrier on a bridge and careened into the river in Spanish Fork, south of Salt Lake City.

Police said that even though the road over the bridge gets plenty of traffic, no one saw the wreck because the cement barrier obstructed the view. Police were investigating what caused the crash but say the girl’s mother, Lynn Groesbeck, 25, could have been distracted or drowsy.

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