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An account has been established at Wells Fargo Bank in Astoria, Oregon, for the sisters who crawled from the wreckage of a single vehicle accident after their mother perished in an accident on SR-401 near Naselle, Washington, early Wednesday morning. Christina Dorning, at the Astoria branch of Wells Fargo, has confirmed that an account has been opened and donations can be made to the Rath Huff Benefit Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank branch, mailed to 1218 Commercial, Astoria, Oregon, 97103 (earmark for Rath Huff Benefit Fund) or via Paypal to Rathhuff@yahoo.com.
Aryianna Rath, four years old, pulled her younger sister, Lylah Huff, out of the accident wreckage after their mother apparently fell asleep at the wheel, drove off the road and came to a stop only after slamming into a tree, sometime after midnight on Wednesday. Their mother died at the scene.
According to Washington State trooper Russ Winger , despite the fact that Aryianna suffered injuries she was able to pull her two year old sister out of the vehicle. Aryianna then wrapped Lylah and herself in a blanket and they spent the next six hours, or so, huddled under bushes until alert fishermen driving by saw the gashed tree and stopped to check for signs of an accident.
After discovering the wrecked vehicle with the remains of the girls’ mother, Jessica Marie (Rath) Huff still inside, they started back to their car to report the incident when they found the girls in the bushes. The commercial fishermen who found the girls, Kraai McClure and Scott Beutler, called Aryianna a hero for saving her little sister and keeping her warm until help arrived.
The girls were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, to be stabilized and later transported to OHSU. An Oregon Health & Science University spokeswoman confirmed that the younger sister, Lylah Huff, was at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The girls’ father, Keaton Huff, declined interview requests Thursday and asked the hospital not to release his daughter’s condition. Washington State police are still investigating the accident.
UPDATE 2/23/2013: The name of the fund has been updated from Medical Fund to Benefit Fund. The article reflects the updated name.