Baby and 3-year-old child killed when van slides off icy road, slams into tree, bursts into flames

CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. (KCPQ) -- An infant and a young child were both killed in a single-vehicle, weather-related crash Tuesday morning on Camano Island, according to the Washington State Patrol. Their mother was seriously injured.

A Dodge Caravan was traveling northbound in the 600 block of North Sunrise Boulevard at about 7:30 a.m. when, "due to road conditions," the van left the roadway, went over an embankment and slammed into a tree head-on. The van spun around and then became fully engulfed in flames, the WSP said.

Infant and 3-year-old killed after van slides off icy road, bursts into flames
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WSP Sgt. Mark Francis said the girls' 23-year-old mom, Tanya Canell, who was driving, was seriously injured in Tuesday morning's crash. The girls, ages 5 months and 3 years, died at the scene. Canell was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in serious condition.

Francis said Canell told troopers that after hitting the tree, her legs were stuck and the car was on fire. She finally managed to free herself and tried but wasn't able to rescue her girls. Two passers-by rushed to help and one burned his hands in the process.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help with the family's expenses. The friend who set up the site said Canell has two broken legs, a broken pelvis and 30% of her body is burned.

No other vehicles were involved.

Camano crash update: Minivan was NB Sunrise Blvd, left roadway and struck tree. Became fully engulfed.

"Very tragic news, En route a 1 car/tree fatal crash on Camano. An infant and small child have passed away. Adult female driver airlifted," State Trooper Mark Francis tweeted.

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