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9-year-old girl walks a mile after father killed in car crash

Girl walks one mile to find help after father dies in car crash. Screen shot via KABC.

A 9-year-old girl who miraculously survived a car crash that claimed the life of her father early Sunday morning, walked a mile to seek help after her father was killed in a car crash.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the girl was able to climb out of a mangled 2010 Ford Escape which had plummeted over an embankment, flying about 200 feet and rolling over several times before landing in a ravine.

The youngster’s father was killed in the crash, but the girl trekked through treacherous terrain in the pitch black of darkness to get help. The girl somehow managed to pull herself up the entire embankment and flag down a motorist at around 2:30 am.

The highway wasn’t her first stop however. The girl managed to get to a nearby home, but nobody answered. The whole process took about 90 minutes and the girl walked about about a mile before she was able to notify a Good Samaritan who called police.

CHP St. Tom Kackey told KABC that not only did the girl traverse her way through a “threatening environment”, but she also ran the risk of running into a dense population of coyotes.

The girl was taken to a nearby children’s hospital where she was treated for minor cuts and abrasions. The girl’s father was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities believe the father may have been under the influence. The pair was driving home from a friends house. The girl told the police that her father lost control as he came upon a steep curve in the rural area of Acton, Calif. on the Sierra Highway.