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A 9-year-old girl who was involved in a single-car crash Friday was able to survive off Pop Tarts and Gatorade before being rescued Sunday. The girl's father died in the accident. (credit: North Carolina Highway Patrol)

A 9-year-old girl who was involved in a single-car crash Friday was able to survive off Pop Tarts and Gatorade before being rescued Sunday. The girl’s father died in the accident. (credit: North Carolina Highway Patrol)

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COVE CITY, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Pinned in a wrecked car for almost two days as a result of a single-car crash that killed her father, a 9-year-old Cove City girl lived off Pop Tarts and Gatorade to survive.

Jordan Landon, 9, was trapped upside in a culvert in her father’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo since Friday when she was airlifted to a hospital Sunday night, the Associated Press reports. The girl’s father, Douglas Landon, 39, died in the accident, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Police said they received a call late Sunday afternoon indicating that a car had crashed off the state highway. Police believe the car was discovered more than 40 hours after the Landons had crashed on their way to a store. Temperatures dropped into the 30s during the weekend.

North Carolina Highway Patrol First Sgt. Jeff Gordon told CBS Charlotte that he’s still taken back by how a 9-year-old girl could survive in such adverse conditions, especially following the death of her father.

“It is a miracle that the child was able to survive from the consumption of Pop Tarts and drinking Gatorade,” said Gordon, adding that the girl doesn’t seem to be seriously injured. “It’s tragic in one sense that the father lost his life and in the other breath, it’s amazing that the child lived through this experience.”

Preliminary findings discovered that the car was going well over the speed limit, Gordon said. Police at the scene found that the speedometer was stuck at more than 100 mph. The crash does not appear to be intentional, and there was no alcohol or impairing substances involved in the accident, Gordon said.

The investigation into the accident remains ongoing. Findings from the investigation should be finalized in the next day or two, Gordon said.

One family friend indicated that the girl’s father tried helping his daughter in his final moments, holding one of his arms out across his daughter to help protect her against the impact of the crash.

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