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Passing driver finds 2 kids injured in crash that killed mom

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NASELLE, Wash. — A passing driver who stopped to investigate a damaged tree in southwest Washington found two young Oregon girls injured in a car crash that killed their mother.

The Washington State Patrol thinks the car driven by Jessica Marie Rath, 26, of Astoria, Ore., hit the tree sometime early Wednesday morning.

The crash site wasn’t visible from State Highway 401, south of Naselle.

Trooper Russ Winger said it was likely the 4-year-old girl pulled her more seriously injured 2-year-old sister from the car and covered both of them with a blanket. The overnight temperature was in the low 40s.

The girls were taken to an Astoria hospital, where their father met them. Winger said the 2-year-old was airlifted to a Portland hospital.

The trooper said the mother had driven Tuesday night to the Hoquiam, Wash., area to pick up her fisherman husband but then headed south when she found out her husband’s boat was headed elsewhere.



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