"It's really bad. The car is just torn to pieces."
Distress and desperation could be heard in the voice of a Good Samaritan who called 9-1-1 after he found a family's car crashed into a tree in Pacific County Wednesday. The mother was dead and her two injured daughters, ages 4 and 2, lay in the cold for six hours on State Route 401 near Naselle.
First responders at the scene found Jessica Raff dead in the family's car. Her daughters were feet away from the car. The 4-year-old had pulled her 2-year-old sister to safety, and they were bundled up in a blanket.
"The little one was sick. She needed to be at a hospital now," said Bert Haven, first responder. "They might have died from hypothermia or anything. Those were the type of conditions they were in."
The younger sister suffered serious injuries and was flown to a hospital in Portland, where she was still being treated. The older sister was checked by doctors at a hospital and has since been released.
The investigation is ongoing, but police say it's possible the mother may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
KING 5's Zahid Arab contributed to this report.