Mom, toddler spend frigid night in ditch after Manitoba crash

A mother is being heralded for her perseverance after a car accident left her and her four-year-old daughter in a rural Manitoba ditch overnight.

See Full Article

Friends say that Kristin Hiebert and her daughter, Avery, were tossed from their car Sunday evening and survived temperatures in the -20s. The pair spent the night huddled together at the bottom of a steep embankment outside Dunrea, about 230 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

And although cars passed by the area throughout the night, drivers were unable to see the wreckage or its two occupants in the ditch below.

As dawn broke, Hiebert -- who broke several bones -- eventually found the strength to crawl out of the ditch and flag down a passing car.

Long-time friend Morgan Campbell, who spoke with Hiebert from hospital, says the mother is in plenty of pain but thankful that she and her daughter are safe.

“She just kept repeating, ‘Morgan, I had to save Avery, I had to save Avery.’ So that’s a mother’s love,” Campbell told CTV News Channel on Wednesday.

According to friends, Hiebert suffered two broken wrists, a broken femur and frostbite. Avery suffered frostbite to her foot, Campbell said.

“She’s got a lot of injuries, so it’s going to be a long road of healing for Kristin. She’s going to need a lot of support,” Campbell said.

An online fundraiser has since garnered more than $18,000 to support the mother and daughter as they begin the recovery process.

Deputy Fire Chief Craig Kozak of the Ninette volunteer fire department described the vehicle as “totally mangled.”

“I just spoke to her for a quick second in the car before EMS got there. She was sitting there it looked like maybe in a little bit of a state of shock," Kozak said.

According to the online fundraiser, Hiebert has undergone several surgeries and is recovering at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre.

With files from CTV Winnipeg



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Hundreds of thousands march in London to demand new Brexit referendum

    World News CBC News
    Hundreds of thousands of people opposed to Britain's withdrawal from the European Union marched through central London on Saturday to demand a new referendum as the deepening Brexit crisis risked sinking Prime Minister Theresa May's premiership. Source
  • Trump, Israeli leader have mutually beneficial relationship

    World News CTV News
    JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was glowing as he stepped up to a podium in the backyard of his Jerusalem home to welcome U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a holiday dinner. Source
  • French yellow vests protest in Paris amid tighter security

    World News CTV News
    PARIS -- Thousands of French yellow vest demonstrators were marching through Paris on Saturday as authorities enforced bans on protests in certain areas and displayed enhanced security measures to avoid a repeat of last week's riots in the capital. Source
  • Somalia government minister among 5 victims in extremist attack

    World News CBC News
    Gunmen stormed a government building in Somalia's capital after a suicide car bombing on Saturday, killing at least five people including the country's deputy labour minister, police said, in the latest attack by Islamic extremist fighters in the Horn of Africa nation. Source
  • Majority of Americans favour stricter gun laws: poll

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- A new poll shows a majority of Americans favour stricter gun laws, and most believe schools and places of worship have become less safe over the last two decades. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey included interviews conducted before and after this month's mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand. Source
  • Twin bombing at Afghan ceremony kills 4, including official

    World News CTV News
    KABUL -- A twin bombing at a public ceremony in southern Afghanistan on Saturday killed at least four people, including a provincial official, and wounded more than 30, officials said. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, said the bombings targeted a celebration of Farmer's Day in a sports stadium in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. Source
  • Economy named most important issue to Alberta voters, Vote Compass survey says

    Canada News CBC News
    The economy has ousted accountability as the top issue for Albertans this election, according to a survey of more than 30,000 people across the province. In the online questionnaire known as Vote Compass, Albertans were asked to answer the question "What issue is most important to you in this election?" During the last provincial election, Vote Compass respondents had selected from a predetermined list of topics. Source
  • U.K.'s embattled prime minister faces huge anti-Brexit march

    World News CTV News
    LONDON -- British Prime Minister Theresa May is easing away from plans to hold a third vote on her troubled Brexit withdrawal plan as protesters gathered in central London on Saturday to demand a second referendum. Source
  • Suspect charged in girl's death in the Kasabonika Lake First Nation

    Canada News CTV News
    KASABONIKA LAKE , Ont. - Police have charged a suspect in the death of a six-year-old girl from the Kasabonika Lake First Nation. Officers with the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service were called to a residence on Wednesday to investigate a report that a girl had been assaulted. Source
  • Park rangers in Mozambique stage a grassroots rescue effort following Cyclone Idai

    World News CBC News
    As rain continues to fall on Mozambique, where hundreds of thousands have been displaced by Cyclone Idai, park rangers are stepping up to help those in danger. Hundreds of rangers from Gorongosa National Park, located in the centre of the country in southeast Africa, are delivering aid to those in need and rescuing people stranded by the flood waters — sometimes from the top of six-metre-high termite mounds. Source