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Toddler rescued from freezing river 14 hours after her mother crashed and died

By Mason White 11:39 AM March 10, 2015
Jennifer Lynn and Lily Groesbeck 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A toddler was rescued 14 hours after a car crash that killed her mother.

The child who was rescued after being trapped for more than 14 hours in a car that had plunged into a river in Utah, is in stable but critical condition, police said.

18-month-old Lily was taken to a hospital after she was discovered inside the car by a fisherman.

Her mother, 25-year-old Jennifer Lynn Groesbeck, who was driving the car when it crashed, died at the scene.

Police said that the accident seems to have occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, while Groesbeck and her daughter were driving home to Springville.

A witness near the scene heard a noise and investigated, but found nothing at the time, police said.

The car was discovered by a fisherman shortly after noon on Saturday, with the vehicle resting face down in the water. When authorities arrived, they discovered the girl strapped in her car seat, police said.

According to the initial investigation, the car hit a concrete barrier on a bridge before going into the river. However, the cause of the accident was unclear, police said.