Toddler, woman, and man survive plane crash near Waterloo, Illinois

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WATERLOO, Ill. – Emergency responders scrambled to the scene of a reported plane crash in Waterloo Tuesday afternoon.

The crash occurred in the area of Gilmore Lake Road, east of Route 3.

Waterloo police Sgt. Trin Daws broke open the window of the plane and pulled a toddler out of the child’s seat.

“There was fuel leaking in front of us, that’s when we heard a child crying in the back, so myself and another gentleman who stopped by found a fire extinguisher and used that to break two windows out and then he cut the seat belt,” Daws said. “(The child) was still in the car seat and we got him removed right away.”

A woman and man were also cut from the wreckage. They were speaking with emergency workers when they were taken to the hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known.

One of the adults was able to tell first responders it appeared oil was spewing from the plane and black smoke covered the windshield, making it impossible to see.

The plane was registered in Alabama. It was on a flight path from Alabama to St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.

The aircraft was heading west when it clipped a tree. The crash happened near Sgt. Daws’ home. His wife was doing yard work and witnessed the plane crash.

The officer handed the child to his wife, Cathy, who then ran home to keep the toddler warm until EMS arrived at the scene.

“Trin brought me the little baby and he was shaking and crying and so I asked him if we wanted to go inside and I brought him in and comforted him,” she said.

Cathy Daws said the child told her they were traveling to St. Louis to see his mother.

Federal investigators will now look into what caused the single-engine plane to crash.

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