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Fate of baby in Perrysburg Twp crash still uncertain

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Looking at US 20 and Tracy Road Friday afternoon...you'd never know of the chaos Thursday night.  24-year-old Dustin Kominek and his 26-year-old pregnant wife Rachel were headed East on US 20 when a gust of wind blew their car into the path of an oncoming vehicle.  Dustin made it, but Rachel did not.

"Once life flight had got there, we knew her life had taken a turn for the worst," says Lieutenant Jerrod Savidge, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Even with the mother gone, emergency crews knew there another life was at stake.  EMT and Life Flight workers were able to deliver Rachel's unborn child, who was immediately taken by Life Flight to a local hospital.  As of Friday morning, the infant was listed in critical condition at Mercy St. V's.

"I've never seen a baby delivered at a crash scene," Lt. Savidge tells 13 abc.  "Obviously everyone was upset at the passing of the mother but there was a little bit of elation when they successfully delivered a baby."

In March 2011, medical workers performed a similar miracle after a head on crash on Airport Highway.  The pregnant mother didn't make it, but doctors worked diligently to deliver her baby by C-section, but the child later died after spending 17 days in the neo-natal unit.

Lt. Savidge says the fast actions of Thursday night's crew is the reason the Kominek's child survived.

"The fortunate part of everything was how quickly the EMTs and firefighters responded to the scene. Their response and their actions is what actually saved the baby's life."

Investigators believe drifting snow and wind gusts were major factors in this crash.  Their advice to everyone is to be careful, even when the roads look clear.

"You just have to be aware when it's windy even when it's not snowy, you have to be aware of what's ahead and looking for snow coming across the roadway," says Savidge.

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