The family of two young girls who survived a tragic car accident that killed their mother is expressing their gratitude. They say the good Samaritans who spotted them stranded in the cold saved their lives.

Aryianna Rath, 4, and 2-year-old Lylah Huff are both out of the hospital but have a long road to recovery.

Their mother Jessica Rath, 26, was killed February 20 near Naselle on a remote highway. The family said Jessica fell asleep at the wheel, crashing her car into trees. Aryianna pulled her sister from the wreckage and wrapped them in blankets.

After eight hours in the cold and rain, two men spotted missing bark from a tree. A closer look revealed the accident.

The family is extending their heartfelt gratitude to those men, a nurse that pulled over to comfort the girls and the first responders and hospital staff that treated them.

Aryianna suffered head injuries, multiple scrapes and bruises. Lylah had bleeding inside her skull, fractured ribs and fractures to her lower legs. She continues to get treatment for her leg injuries and brain trauma.

A private memorial for Jessica was held last week, two days before what would have been her 27th birthday.

The family is unsure what medical bills will be covered by insurance.

An account has been set up at Wells Fargo bank locations under the Rath-Huff Benefit Fund. Paypal donations are also accepted to

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