Sarah Iler, 26, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was driving south on the Interstate 55 with her husband Matt Rider, 34, on Wednesday morning. Iler was already dilated and one day past her due date, and was extremely excited to welcome her first child, according to a Go Fund Me set up for the family.
But a tanker truck crashed into a Nissan SUV, which in turn hit the couple’s vehicle, a red Chevrolet Blazer. The tanker truck then crashed into the Chevrolet and pushed the SUV into the median strip.
The Chevrolet overturned, throwing Iler and Rider. The mother-to-be died on impact but rescuers still gave her CPR to save her child.
They took her to the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau and performed an emergency C-section.
Iler’s daughter, Maddyson, was born weighing four pounds and 15 ounces and was initially in critical condition. Doctors put her on a ventilator at first but she has now started breathing on her own.