After crash, baby survives 8 hours in backseat

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Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

TRIGG COUNTY, Ky. - Wendy Cain, 63, was traveling down a stretch of KY-139 Thursday afternoon when investigators say she over-corrected. The car hit a tree before coming to a rest below the road.

Cain had spent the day running errands with her great-grandson, Dakota.  She was on the way to drop him off at a babysitter's at the time of the crash.

Family became concerned when the pair failed to return home that evening and notified authorities. Trigg County Rescue Chief Barry Fox joined in the search around 8:30 Thursday evening.

"We searched all the roads, we searched this road numerous times,' he said of where the car was eventually discovered.

Because the car was at the bottom of an embankment and it was dark, it had been nearly impossible to spot. 

First responders climbed down 30 feet and found Cain dead, partially ejected from the car.

Her great-grandson, Dakota was still in his car seat, without a scratch on him.  It was 11:30 and the coroner estimated Cain had died on impact around 3:15.

It means the little boy had been on his own for 8 hours.

"He just started smiling at everybody like he knew, he knew he'd been saved," Fox said.

"Finding him alive it just overwhelms you," he continued.

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