Girl, 12, Swept Through Flooded Drainpipe

A 12-year-old eastern Pennsylvania girl is home from the hospital recovering from bumps and bruises after being swept several hundred yards through a flooded drainpipe.

Taylor Russell of Frackville says she was checking out flooding at the drainpipe late Monday when she didn't notice a drop in the ground and got pulled under.

She tells WNEP-TV it was "just scary, dark, scary." She says she held her breath the whole time, afraid she would drown.

Police and public works officials told The Republican-Herald in Pottsville the girl was underground in the pipe for about 200 yards before emerging into Little Mahoney Creek. She was washed several hundred more yards downstream before her rescue.

“I’m still alive,” said Taylor as she remembered coming out of the pipe. “I was so (fearful), like somebody pinch me, I’m still alive, I’m here.”

Taylor was discharged Tuesday afternoon and was thrilled to be heading home.

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