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Family saves family from frigid creek

FORSYTH, Ill. (WCIA) -- A mother and her two teenagers were heading out of town for the holidays. 

They came across an accident and stopped to see if they could help. It was on East Mound Road Christmas Eve afternoon.

When they got out they soon realized a family of five was trapped inside their car.

"We were out of town and we passed the accident you couldn't see it." 

Shelly Oliver and her two kids were heading to the beach for the holidays when a crash stopped them in their paths.

"There was a deep culvert there you couldn't see the car at all." 

A car had slid off the road and landed face down in a creek on East Mound Road. But they soon learned the frigid temperatures were just half the battle.

"As soon as he heard it was a car he started running over there and then grace started running." 

"The guy yelling there's kids in there and my brother was already down there and he starts pulling rocks out from the door." 

"It was about almost waist deep it was right up against a little culvert." 

"I get it open and I see a toddler holding up his infant brother so I just start trying to pull them out and hand them up."     

They waited with the family until emergency crews arrived. The Oliver family says it's a memory they won't forget anytime soon. And they're just glad they could do what they did.

"I was overwhelmed with relief that they were ok and they have bruises and scratches but they were all ok." 

"It was definitely afterwards seeing they were all ok it could have been a lot worse." 

The mother and grandmother were in the front seats, and the three children in the back. We're told they are from Decatur. They've also asked to reunite with the Oliver family and thank them.

The family has a background in medicine. The father is an ER doctor. He was not on scene of the crash. Grace the daughter plans to be an EMT herself. 


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